Rodrigo Bentancur: Juventus reject Aston Villa's £20.5m bid for defensive midfielder

Aston Villa's opening offer of £16.5m with £4m in bonuses for Rodrigo Bentancur rejected by Juventus; Juve want around £21m up front to be interested in a sale; Sky in Italyunderstands the clubs are not far apart in their negotiations ahead of Monday's deadline

Could Aston Villa secure the services of Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur?
Image: Juventus want £21m up front to be interested in any sale of Rodrigo Bentancur

Juventus have rejected a bid worth around £20.5m from Aston Villa for defensive midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur, according to Sky in Italy.

Villa's opening offer was worth around £16.5m, with more than £4m in bonuses but Juve want around £21m up front to be interested.

Sky in Italy believe the two sides are not too far apart in their negotiations before the transfer window shuts on Monday.

Sky Sports News understands Juve are holding out for more money, partly because 30 per cent of the fee would go to Bentancur's former club Boca Juniors as part of a sell-on clause in his contract.

Juventus signed Bentancur from Boca Juniors for £8m in July 2017 with his current contract expiring in the summer of 2024.

Rodrigo Bentancur is valued at around £16m by Juventus
Image: Bentancur has been at Juve for four-and-a-half-years

Villa boss Steven Gerrard believes the 24-year-old would strengthen his midfield options, and specifically offer good competition for Douglas Luiz.

Bentancur has made 26 appearances for Juve in all competitions this season, but has started 13 of their 23 Serie A matches.

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