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Aston Villa compete with Barcelona for Spanish winger

Spanish paper Cordopolis have reported that Aston Villa are chasing the signature of 19-year-old Cordoba winger Andres Martin.

The teenager excelled for Spanish second-tier side Cordoba last term, with 11 goal involvements in 32 appearances. Although mainly operating as a left sided midfielder, Martin has also been utilised as a striker and right midfielder by manager Rafael Navarro Rivas.

As a prospect of their academy, the Segunda División side would be hoping to receive a significant transfer fee to lure Martin away from the club. However, with financial difficulties limiting the club both on and off the field, the fee is unlikely to price recently-promoted Aston Villa out of a move.

Cordopolis have reported that numerous Spanish sides are monitoring Martin’s progress and availability, including the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid. Barcelona are supposedly prepared to offer £3.5 million for the midfielder, a sum that Cordoba are unlikely to refute. Furthermore, Villa also face opposition from the Bundesliga, as Eintracht Frankfurt seek to bolster their attacking options following the recent departure of frontman Luka Jovic.

Aston Villa are not out of the chase yet, however. The Villans’ Sporting Director Jesús García Pitarch personally visited Cordoba to watch Martin play, a testament of their desire to bring the young prospect to Villa Park. With the promise of Premier League football next season, Martin may be swayed towards a move out of Spain to test himself in a different climate.

Villa’s interest in the winger comes during a period during which they have monitored a host of attacking options. Over the past week they have been linked with moves for Brentford’s Said Benrahama and Juventus striker Stephy Mavdidi. Villa fans will be hopeful that the move for Martin will end in success, with the rumoured price tag being a bargain for a player who is excelling in a the competitive Spanish second tier.

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