Seemingly very close to everything that goes on regarding Jordan Veretout, always picking up the odd interview with the player, But! Football Club have now made a rather interesting claim regarding his future.

As we’ve explained quite a few times, it would be very difficult for Saint-Etienne to meet Aston Villa’s demands (rumoured to be around €10m), but that doesn’t mean they are going to try.

According to the magazine on their website, the Villa loanee is now the Ligue 1 club’s main priority for the upcoming summer transfer window, and talks have already started regarding a permanent transfer.

The Aston Villa midfielder has made it clear on many occasions he wouldn’t be against an extended stay, and leaving Villa Park certainly wouldn’t be an issue for him.

However, with no option to buy in his loan, the deal taking him back to France permanently would have to be negotiated from scratch, meaning Steve Bruce and Dr Tony Xia hold all of the power.

This isn’t a story that’s going to go away anytime soon.