Aston Villa are eager to tie up a deal for Mario Hermoso as the Spanish international defender leaves Atletico Madrid on a free transfer.

According to ESPN, Aston Villa is looking to make a move for Mario Hermoso, who will leave Atletico Madrid on a free transfer when the season ends. Unai Emery wants his compatriot, with the Midlands side ready to offer him a contract until 2028.

Aston Villa ready offer for Mario Hermoso

Surprisingly, Atletico Madrid will not offer key defender Mario Hermoso a new deal despite the 28-year-old La Liga defender being one of Diego Simeone’s key starters. The centre-back does provide a solid presence at the back, particularly in Madrid, where he’s often deployed in a back-three.

Barcelona had eyes for Hermoso and still retains an interest, although the 28-year-old might wait for offers to arrive from England. While the Catalans could make a compelling offer themselves, there are doubts about whether Hermoso might want to join them as he might fear a marginal role at the club.

Aston Villa are keen and reportedly willing to offer the defender a four-year deal until 2028. Unai Emery wants an experienced centre-back on his side, as there are some problems at the back. Moreover, Villa are vying to finish in Champions League positions this season, and hence, they might want a centre-back with enough experience in the top-tier European competition.

Whether his arrival means the end of one or two of Villa’s current stars remains the question. Emery has coached his backline well, as he tends to play three centre-backs in the back four. Adding another one seems imperative for their chances next season, as the manager will want a tight defensive unit to mount a probable title challenge or even retain their top-four status.

Aston Villa’s summer plans

Aston Villa will undoubtedly want a new centre-back as they are also linked with Robin Le Normand apart from Hermoso. In addition, the club are planning a few offensive and midfield signings while also maintaining hope of retaining key man Douglas Luiz, for which Champions League football may become imperative.

Villa might have a sizeable budget from their owners to spend in the summer, as Emery will also look for a new winger and striker.

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