Aston Villa keen on Mathis Lambourde

Aston Villa are keen on Stade Renne’s teenager Mathis Lambourde, and Unai Emery is keen on bringing on a young striker to serve as a backup.

According to Foot Mercato, Aston Villa are eying a move for Mathis Lambourde, the Stade Rennes teenager ahead of the summer. Unai Emery wants some young players in his squad, primarily as a striker, to serve as a backup to Ollie Watkins and Jhon Duran.

Aston Villa chasing Mathis Lambourde

Stade Rennes has produced some notable talents in recent years, including Eduardo Camavinga, Mathijs Tel, and Chelsea signing Lesley Ugochukwu. Some new players are coming through their academy ranks and are playing in the first team, with a host of clubs already interested in Desire Doue.

There’s another talent going under the radar, with Mathis Lambourde somewhat announcing himself to Rennes’ first team last season. While he may not have had an impact as Doue did, as many clubs are already monitoring his situation ahead of a possible summer swoop.

Aston Villa are keen on Lambourde as a young option to improve their squad depth. The feeling is that the club thinks Lambourde might not have a prominent role at Rennes next season, although he could still have a breakthrough season, something they feel he could do so at Aston Villa under Emery.

The Spanish manager seeks a quality backup to Ollie Watkins and Jhon Duran, with Emery keen to bring more depth in the centre-forward position. Someone like the 18-year-old Ligue 1 prodigy could learn from these top players and look to build a career in England from an early age. Any move will depend on what Rennes demand for the teenager, who still has two years to run on his current deal.

Aston Villa’s summer plans

There have been suggestions that Aston Villa might have to watch their spending so as not to breach PSR regulations. They are already tight with the financial rules, although they are planning to make some sales and bargain transfers. For starters, they have reportedly agreed on a move for Ross Barkley, which will add some depth to their midfield and cost nothing to bring him.

Moreover, they are keen to hold on to their top talents, like Jhon Duran, while also adding to the side while keeping their finances under check. Villa have absolute plans to strengthen their squad, play in the Champions League, and finish in the top four once again.

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