Aston Villa have been in contact with Mallorca over striker Ante Budimir, but face competition from Sheffield United for the striker.

That’s according to Marca, who say that the Premier League duo have joined Real Valladolid in looking at the forward.

The newspaper states that Aston Villa, as well as Sheffield United ‘have already called’ Mallorca’s ‘technical secretary’ to ask for their asking price and ‘make an offer to the player’.

That is around €15m, a price it’s stated his other suitors, Valladolid, have not shown any indication of wanting to pay.

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Whether either Villa or the Blades would be willing to spend that isn’t mentioned, nor is it made clear what their respective offers to the 29-year-old were.

It seems unlikely Aston Villa would be given they’ve already spent big on Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traore to improve their forward line.

Sheffield United, on the other hand, haven’t spent on forwards as yet so may be open to it.

Budimir, for his part, is keen on a move.

He knows he can’t afford to be playing in Spain’s second flight if he wants to be a part of Croatia’s squad for the European Championships next summer.

He would ‘not be unhappy’ about a move to the Premier League as he considers it a league that could be ‘of benefit’ to him and is waiting to see what Mallorca doe with the offers they already have on the table.