Having already lost Douglas Luiz this summer it’s very unlikely Aston Villa would be looking to see the back of another senior midfielder, and yet Al-Ittihad could be set to cause a headache for the Premier League club.

Al-Nassr, who tried to sign the midfielder before he made the move to Birmingham, were credited with interest a couple of weeks ago and now it’s another club from the Saudi league who are said to be keen.

Gianluigi Longari, who works for Gazzetta dello Sport, reports Al-Ittihad are looking at changing their structure. Laurent Blanc is a possibility as manager, and Switzerland boss Murat Yakin is also under consideration.

For midfield, ‘the dream’ is Aston Villa’s Moussa Diaby.

The 25-year-old rejected a move to Saudi Arabia last summer, instead deciding to sign for Aston Villa in a club record deal.

He was a regular for Unai Emery and it would be a surprise if the manager would be prepared to lose him this summer. Having turned down a Saudi move last year, it would also be a surprise if Diaby is keen.

That said, Aston Villa probably don’t want Al-Ittihad sniffing around.