Aston Villa are reportedly interested in Universidad de Chile winger Dario Osorio, and it’s suggested we’re set to compete with AC Milan for his signature.
Villa boss Unai Emery has made no secret of his preference to bring in a wide option this month, as per Sky Sports, as he looks to add a different profile to his attacking options which also complements what he already has at his disposal.
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While speculation has linked us with various targets in recent weeks, Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has now reported that Villa are keen on Osorio, although the talented youngster is also attracting interest from Milan, which will no doubt make it a more difficult task to land him.
Time will tell if we can gain an advantage and secure an agreement in the final few days of the January transfer window, but it would be an exciting addition to the squad as we look to build on the impressive start we’ve made in the Premier League since Emery arrived.
Osorio, 19, has seven goals in 27 appearances for his current club having come through the youth ranks there, with his natural position being on the right wing, albeit he is versatile and can also operate on the opposite flank.
Villa have an option in Leon Bailey to play the role that Emery is arguably looking to address, but having used the Jamaican international up front for the most part since taking charge, he clearly wants another solution in that department.
The likes of John McGinn and Jacob Ramsey have played wide right in recent months, and while they have impressed, they have a natural tendency to drift inside. Coupled with the likes of Emiliano Buendia and Philippe Coutinho also preferring to operate in more central areas, that leaves us with a lack of width.
The signing of Alex Moreno perhaps addresses that issue on the left side as the Spaniard loves to get forward, and so Osorio could be an option to provide the same on the opposite flank and add balance to our attacking play.
Villa have signed Moreno and Jhon Duran so far this month, and it promises to be a fascinating few days ahead to see if Emery is able to welcome any further reinforcements.