Villa's Wesley on verge of January exit with interest from Brazil

Aston Villa striker Wesley’s agent reveals two Brazilian clubs have ‘made proposals’ for a January exit amid his struggle to recover from career-threatening knee injury

  • Wesley ruptured his cruciate ligament playing against Burnley two years ago
  • The Aston Villa striker was out for 14 months and hasn’t regained his old form 
  • His loan to Club Brugge was cut short after he barely featured in Belgium  
  • But Wesley’s agent has now revealed there are offers from two Brazilian clubs 

Aston Villa striker Wesley is poised to return to his native Brazil after cutting short his loan deal with Club Brugge.

Wesley suffered a career-threatening knee injury playing for Villa at Burnley two years ago and has struggled to return to the level that persuaded Villa to buy him from Brugge for £22million in summer 2019.

The 25-year-old’s agent Paulo Nehmy said: ‘Internacional and Sao Paulo made a proposal, Sao Paulo directly to Aston Villa, but they have to communicate with the staff. 

Wesley could return to Brazil this summer after ending his loan deal at Club Brugge in Belgium

The forward ruptured his cruciate ligament in a clash against Burnley on New Year’s Day 2020 

‘The decision will be in the project that the clubs will have for Wesley on the pitch.

‘We will analyse the best fit for his style of play, so that he develops again. He has the dream of playing for the national team and there’s the World Cup next year.

‘By having a great year, I think he can have a chance, because Brazil coach Tite liked him a lot physically and tactically. We want to make a decision before the new year.’

Since Wesley’s injury, Villa have signed Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings, meaning there would be little chance for him to impress in attack even if he could rediscover top form.

Wesley scored six goals in 26 games for Villa but has never found his old form after the injury 

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