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Aston Villa Planning To Table A €35m Offer For This Porto Star: What Will He Bring To Villa Park?

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In a recent report, CNN Portugal stated that Aston Villa are planning to table a €35m (€30m plus €5m add-ons) offer for Porto star Otavio this summer. It has been mentioned that the Villans are prepared to rival Leeds United and Liverpool in pursuit of the Portuguese talent during this summer transfer period.

Otavio’s Impressive Campaign In Portuguese Football

Otavio had a productive campaign in Portugal after he put in a series of influential displays on the right side of Porto’s midfield. The Brazil-born wide player was involved in 49 matches for the Portuguese giants last season, scoring five times and grabbing 14 assists across all competitions.

The 27-year-old was a consistent performer out on the flanks as he averaged 3.2 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 0.5 clearances, 1.6 shots, 2.2 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Liga Portugal. He even distributed possession really well in the opponent’s half, based on his pass success rate of 79.3% in the Portuguese top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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What Will Otavio Bring To Aston Villa?

Otavio works hard to offer some decent defensive cover for his teammates at the back. He can make some clever runs with the ball out in the wide areas. Otavio is primarily a right-winger but can also play as a wide player on the left flank or as an attacking midfielder if required.

The Portuguese sensation can strike the ball purely and with power from long range. He can even set up a handful of inviting chances for others around him in the final third. Otavio did well to contribute by scoring and creating a lot of important goals for Porto last season.

Thus, the Portugal international will be a welcome addition to Aston Villa‘s squad ahead of the new campaign. Otavio could bring some goals and a lot of creativity to Steven Gerrard‘s front line as long as he can make a smooth transition to life at Villa Park. At 27, he has what it takes to make an instant impact at the West Midlands club.

With all things considered, it makes sense for the Villans to go all out in the chase to bring Otavio to England during this summer transfer period.

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