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Leander Dendoncker set for Aston Villa loan exit

Aston Villa midfielder Leander Dendoncker is set to move to Napoli on loan, and the deal looks as good as done. 

According to Fabrizio Romano, the loan deal has been agreed between Napoli and Aston Villa for the 28-year-old midfielder.

He will undergo his medical on Wednesday, and as per the Daily Mail (print edition, 24 January), there is an option to make the move permanent for £7.6m.

Romano, however, says that Napoli doesn’t need to pursue a deal (not mandatory) for the Belgian midfielder after the loan spell ends.

“Leander Dendoncker to Napoli, here we go! Loan deal agreed between Napoli and Aston Villa. Understand buy option clause in June will be worth €9m — not mandatory. Medical booked on Wednesday for the Belgian midfielder,” wrote Romano on X

Dendoncker joined Villa from Wolves in the summer of 2022, and has made over 35 appearances for the club. This season, he has been restricted to one Premier League start only, and it makes sense for Villa to get rid of his £75k-per-week wages.

Need new signings

The Belgian midfielder has a contract at Villa Park until 2026, but it doesn’t look like he has a long-term future at the club.

Unai Emery doesn’t seem to have enough faith in his abilities, and there is a high probability that he will leave the club permanently in the summer, either to Napoli or elsewhere.

Meanwhile, we are approaching the crucial stage of the January transfer window, and it’s high time Villa must look to sign a few players.

They have done extremely well so far, and with some quality additions, they can get into the top four this season. The Villans need to sign one or two strikers this month, including Chelsea striker Armando Broja, but they are yet to agree a deal to bring him to Villa Park.

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