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Agent Of Aston Villa Linked Winger Responds To Transfer Rumours: What Will He Add To Smith’s Side?

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Ayush Chaurasia
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According to a recent report from Sevilla ABC, the agent of Jose Callejon has denied that is any agreement in place for the Napoli ace to join Sevilla yet. Reports from Area Napoli in January had emerged that Aston Villa were one of the interested parties to sign the attacker. Everton are also linked with him. Carlo Ancelotti has managed Callejon before at Napoli, and hence, the Everton boss must be aware of Callejon’s abilities.

Callejon’s agent denies there is a deal with Sevilla

Sevilla were linked with him heavily off late, but Callejon’s agent Manuel Garcia Quilon recently said, “Napoli president De Laurentiis has always wanted to renew his contract. We are grateful for the interest shown towards Jose. At this time there is no agreement, the two positions are very respectable, and there has never been a discussion of any kind between the parties. There is mutual affection. We’ll see.”

This should be a piece of good news for Aston Villa, and other chasing clubs as Sevilla and Callejon are yet to agree on any terms. Villa though would need to first ensure safety in the English top-flight to sign a player of Callejon’s calibre.

The 33-year-old’s contract is expiring in the summer, and it remains to be seen whether Napoli would be able to tie him down to a new deal or not.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21: Ezri Konsa Ngoyo of Aston Villa celebrates with Jack Grealish and Douglas Luiz after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Watford FC at Villa Park on January 21, 2020, in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Callejon emerged from Real Madrid’s academy, but he became a household name once he joined Napoli in 2013. Since, then, the five-time Spanish international has been a pillar for his side down the right flank. Callejon has 32 appearances to his name this season in all competitions. The winger has so far grabbed two goals and nine assists.

What can Callejon provide?

Callejon is 33-year-old at the moment but, on a free transfer, he could be worth considering. Dean Smith currently has Anwar El Ghazi, Trezeguet and Jota who can play on the right flank. However, a player like Callejon would add the much-needed experience and goal threat in Villa’s side. Callejon has decent pace, and his positioning and link-up play in the attacking third usually stands out. He is also willing to do the hard yards for his side as he is pretty good while tracking back.

With Coronovirus stopping football, there is uncertainty regarding players whose contract would expire in the summer as the ongoing season could extend further than June. It remains to be seen what would happen with players like Callejon then. However, for Villa to have any chance to sign him, they would need to stay up in the English top flight. With his agent confirming that there is no deal between them and Sevilla yet, Villa can still hope to secure a deal for him.

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