Liverpool and Tottenham have been warned that Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa could cost £60m, amid reported interest from the Premier League duo.
Konsa has emerged as a potential transfer target for the two sides following an impressive season at the heart of the Aston Villa defence, forming a strong partnership with Tyrone Mings to spark speculation over an England call-up ahead of March’s international break.
The 23-year-old signed for Villa from Brentford in a £12m deal in 2019 and has shown huge signs of progress this season, with only league leaders Manchester City having conceded less goals and kept more clean sheets than Dean Smith’s side.
Former Villa forward, Gabriel Agbonlahor, has now given his verdict on the defender’s impressive season and believes Konsa’s performances mean he could now be worth ‘five times’ the amount the club invested in the youngster.
“He’s just got to keep doing what he’s doing,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
“Keep clean sheets, it’s all about stats nowadays so keep the clean sheets coming
“He’s got every chance because he’s been playing outstanding football. He’s comfortable with the ball, he can play out from the back and he’s got that pace which you need in international football.
“Konsa, Mings, Targett, all of them have got aspirations of playing for England. If they keep playing how they’re playing, anything’s possible.
“I’ve heard that he’s a good lad, he’s very confident in his ability. Great signing from Dean Smith. Every signing’s been perfect. He came from Brentford, didn’t cost a huge amount of money and now he’s probably worth five times that amount.”
Tottenham’s interest in the player has also been backed with former Villa and Spurs defender, Alan Hutton, stating his belief that Konsa was the type of player ‘missing’ from the north London side’s squad.
“Spurs are frustrating at the moment, you’re watching against Chelsea and it was an absolutely shocking performance,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“Then everybody’s calling for them to open up and be more expansive which they did, to be fair, against West Brom and they got the victory.
“You just wonder if that’s why Mourinho doesn’t play that way in the Premier League because he did it against Everton in the cup and you saw what happened.
“All the warning signs are there for me thinking that Jose Mourinho doesn’t trust these defensive players and that’s why he plays in the manner that he does.
“Of course someone like Konsa would be an upgrade because he’s a fantastic defender, he likes to defend, he likes to get his body in the way and I think that’s what Tottenham are missing.”
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