Villa in �17m swoop for Jurado and Hleb

ASTON Villa have bid �7million for Jos� Manuel Jurado, according to reports in Spain. (The Times) The 22-year-old Atl�tico Madrid midfield player was on loan at Real Mallorca last season.

ASTON Villa have bid �7million for Jos� Manuel Jurado, according to reports in Spain. (The Times)

The 22-year-old Atl�tico Madrid midfield player was on loan at Real Mallorca last season.

Villa are also interested in bringing �10m-rated Alexander Hleb back from Barcelona. (Daily Star)

The former Arsenal winger hardly figured for the European and Spanish champions this season. And now manager Pep Guardiola has decided to put the Belarus star up for sale.


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He joined Barca from Arsenal for �17m last summer, but they are prepared to accept as little as �10m for him now, especially as they want to raise cash to buy Gunners skipper Cesc Fabregas.

Villa boss Martin O'Neill is believed to be interested in buying him as a striker or wide midfielder to offer competition to James Milner and Ashley Young.

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Hleb's agent Oliver Minztlaff confirmed interest from English and German clubs. But Villa are top of the list.

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