The Sunday Mail
ZIMBABWE international midfielder Marvelous Nakamba might be quietly going about his pre-season business with Aston Villa ahead of the start of the 2021-22 English Premiership season but he has not escaped the transfer radar that normally shines bright in the build up to each term.
It has emerged that fellow Premiership sides Everton and Crystal Palace are weighing up moves for Nakamba before the close of the transfer window.
New Toffees boss Rafa Benitez and recently installed Palace manager Patrick Vieira are looking to bolster their midfield options this summer and Nakamba is understood to feature highly on their wanted lists.
Nakamba enjoyed a strong finish to last season with stand-out performances in the victories over Tottenham and Chelsea.
From his 13 Premier League appearances last term Villa won nine.
Nakamba arrived at Villa in the summer of 2019 from Belgian club Club Brugge and quickly established himself in Dean Smith’s plans.
The Warriors midfield lynchpin has made 50 appearances in all competitions during his two seasons at Villa Park and has made himself a big fans’ favourite.
Villa would be reluctant to lose Nakamba but Everton and Palace are understood to be ready to test their resolve by launching moves for the midfielder before the transfer window shuts at the end of August.
This is also not the first time that Nakamba has been linked with a move from Villa park during the English Premiership transfer window.
There has been previous indications that Italian Serie A side Fiorentina and perennial Turkish champions Galatasaray were also interested in the services of the former Bantu Rovers man.
In January Spanish side Valencia were also reported to be interested in Nakamba but Villa stuck with their man. — Mail Online/Sports Reporter.