Injured left-back Jordan Amavi could be rescued from his Aston Villa nightmare by Italian giants AC Milan in the summer.
The 22-year-old France Under-21 international only moved to Villa from Nice in an 11million euros deal last summer, but managed just 10 Premier League appearances before suffering an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury playing for his country last November.
Amavi has subsequently missed the rest of Villa’s disastrous campaign which will see them playing Championship football next season.
However he has made good progress and should be available to return to pre-season training in June as long as there are no setbacks in the meantime.
But it is likely that Amavi will not be keen on plying his trade in the second tier of English football next term and that could see him snapped up this summer.
Reports in Italy suggest that Milan are on the lookout for a new left-back and will look to sign Amavi on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent switch.
The main obstacle to that deal is Villa will no doubt look to recoup funds immediately due to the massive loss of TV revenue which relegation brings and would possibly prefer to sell now as opposed to waiting a season.