Torino are hoping to sell Ola Aina to a Premier League club this summer with West Ham United and Leeds interested in the £9m Serie A right-back, as reported Calciomercato.
If it weren’t for the ill-timed injury, Aina might have been plying her trade on British soil.
The former Chelsea, Hull City and Fulham player is tipped to join Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds in the January transfer window. However, that was until his replacement in Turin – Mohamed Fares – broke his ACL in the Africa Cup of Nations and was eliminated for the rest of the season.
Leaving aside another unexpected and unfortunate turn, Aina will departure in the summer.
The 25-year-old London-born is among a number of Torino transferees flying high under the impressive guidance of head coach Ivan Juric.
President Urbano Cairo hopes to recoup the £9m investment he made when he signed Aina from Chelsea in the summer of 2019.
But Cairo is fully aware that only Premier League clubs are willing – or able – to spend that money on a player who has not exactly taken the world throne during a forgettable loan spell at Craven Cottage. previous term.
After all, Aina only has 12 months left on her contract with Torino.
Getting their money back with a player who will become a free agent in the summer of 2023 would be an achievement.
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It remains to be seen what Bielsa’s sudden departure – and subsequent appointment of Jesse Marsch – will mean for Leeds’ interest in the versatile Aina. Marsch will come to Elland Road with his own ideas and transfer goals.
Furthermore, Leeds have one of England’s most exciting young right-backs on their roster in the shape of Cardiff City loanee Cody Drameh.
All Nigerian Football said, in addition to West Ham and Leeds, Crystal Palace also expressed an interest in Aina.
The right-back position is an area in Patrick Vieira’s squad that is in need of reinforcement. Neither Joel Ward nor Nathaniel Clyne are natural people who fit into a manager’s adventure game plan.
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