Aston Villa start talks with Juventus over three-time Serie A winner Rodrigo Bentancur

EXCLUSIVE: Aston Villa enter talks with Juventus for three-time Serie A winner Rodrigo Bentancur as boss Steven Gerrard continues to transform his squad into an exciting shopping spree in January

  • Aston Villa want a new midfielder and Rodrigo Bentancur is a key target
  • Initial talks are underway with Juventus, who are ready to listen to offers
  • Bentancur has won seven major trophies in Turin since signing five years ago
  • Steven Gerrard has already been very active in the transfer market at Villa Park











Aston Villa have made an approach for Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur.

The Uruguayan has become a top target for Villa as they search for a starting player and The Mail on Sunday understands talks are ongoing.

Bentancur has made 18 Serie A appearances this season but Juventus are ready to listen to offers as they attempt to rebalance their squad over the next transfer windows.

Rodrigo Bentancur has made 18 Serie A appearances this season, registering two assists

Still just 24, Bentancur joined Juve from Boca Juniors five years ago and held on in Turin, helping them to seven major trophies including three Serie A titles.

He is playing under Massimiliano Allegri for the second time after also working under Maurizio Sarri and Andrea Pirlo.

After signing Philippe Coutinho, Robin Olsen and Lucas Digne this month, Villa boss Steven Gerrard was also targeting a midfielder and centre-back.

Bentancur was considered one of South America’s top talents when he joined Juventus and was part of the Uruguay squad that reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2018.

Steven Gerrard has already signed Philippe Coutinho, Robin Olsen and Lucas Digne this month

Steven Gerrard has already signed Philippe Coutinho, Robin Olsen and Lucas Digne this month

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