According to a claim in the Italian media, Bologna defender Filip Helander could be offloaded in this transfer window.

The player was linked with a move to Aston Villa last season after the Championship side sent scouts to watch the Swedish international.

Corriere dello Sport have reported on the possible ins and outs at Bologna this summer, and they suggest Helander could be sold by the Serie A club.

The 25 year old has just 12 months remaining on his contract and the Italian club could be under pressure to sell him in this transfer window.

There were recent reports Helander could be offered a new contract after becoming a key player under Roberto Donadoni, but the AC Milan legend’s future is uncertain at Bologna.

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Last season we covered reports Aston Villa watched Helander when Bologna took on Hellas Verona, and the defender impressed in that game.

With John Terry recently leaving the club, Helander could be an option for Aston Villa in this transfer window.

The player’s future is likely to be sorted after this summer’s World Cup after being selected for the Swedish squad.