Bayer Leverkusen are expecting Aston Villa target Jeremie Frimpong to leave next year, with the player ‘very keen on a transfer’.

That’s according to journalist Florian Plettenberg, who says Leverkusen are gearing up for one of their star men to depart in the coming months.

Frimpong has been starring since joining Leverkusen in an €11m deal from Celtic in January 2021, establishing himself as one of the rising stars in the Bundesliga.

He’s been particularly shining since the arrival of Xabi Alonso as Leverkusen manager, with 13 goals and 16 assists in 53 games so far playing as a flying full-back in the Spaniard’s attack minded system.

That’s seen him consistently linked with a move away from the club, with several sides in the Premier League keeping an eye and seemingly keen to move for him.

Aston Villa were the last to be linked in October, with a report from Germany indicating that they were watching him and considering a move to reunite him with former teammate Moussa Diaby.

Plettenberg doesn’t confirm their interest today but does explain that Leverkusen ‘expect him to leave’ in 2024 because the 22-year-old is ‘very keen on a transfer’ away from the Bundesliga.

The defender has a €40m release clause in his current contract for next summer, a figure which will likely start to look like a bargain given he has six goals and seven assists in 17 games in the league already this year.

Whether Aston Villa move for him and solidify their interest remains to be seen but the opportunity is certainly there according to Plettenberg’s latest information.