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Aston Villa are in advanced negotiations over a move to bring Unai Emery, the former Arsenal manager, back to the Premier League.

Villa are ready to pay the £5.2 million compensation required to prise Emery away from Villarreal and appoint him as Steven Gerrard's successor, with further talks expected tonight.

Their move for Emery, who was dismissed by Arsenal in November 2019 after 18 months in charge, comes after Villa pulled out of talks with Sporting's head coach Ruben Amorim earlier on Monday.

Emery rejected an approach from Newcastle last year but the Spaniard is understood to be seriously weighing up a proposition from Villa's owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.

Reports in Spain have suggested that Emery could make a decision on his future in the next few hours.

The 50 year old's reputation across Europe remains high and in his first season at Villarreal he guided the club to the Europa League final where they beat Manchester United on penalties.

His most impressive achievements were with Sevilla, where he won three successive Europa League trophies, while also winning the Ligue 1 title and two French Cups with Paris Saint-Germain.

Villa have ambitious plans to eventually compete regularly in European competition under NSWE and believe Emery could prove a significant coup.

Emery's current club, Villarreal, are 11th in the La Liga table, winning five and drawing three of their 11 matches so far. 

They face Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the Europa Conference League on Thursday night.

Amorim has been another top target for Villa but on Monday proposed negotiations with his representatives were called off.

Villa sacked Gerrard last week after an alarming start to the season but secured a 4-0 win over Brentford on Sunday under caretaker manager Aaron Danks.

They are 14th in the Premier League table and face Newcastle this weekend. 

Aston Villa target Unai Emery in shock Premier League return (telegraph.co.uk)


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