February 24, 2024

Jhon Duran is being urged to consider a move away from Premier League high-flyers Aston Villa with Serie A giants AC Milan potentially a ‘perfect’ destination for the Colombia international. 

This week, the former Chicago Fire striker celebrated his one-year anniversary as an Aston Villa player, the Midland giants snapping up one of the brightest attacking talents on the other side of the Atlantic for an initial £15 million in January 2023.

Well, we say ‘celebrated’.

Considering that Jon Duran hasn’t started a Premier League game at Villa Park in a full year, the champagne may have tasted a little bittersweet. Duran has started all 26 of his Premier League games from the bench. Although he has scored twice in 2023–2024 under Unai Emey, those two goals have only come from 174 minutes of play.

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Of fact, Ollie Watkins’ excellent form has more to do with Duran’s benching than anything else. even if the 20-year-old is undoubtedly far from the completed work.

Watkins is unquestionably Emery’s top center-forward, so it makes sense that worries are mounting in his native Colombia.

“(Duran) needs to go away and find space. (He needs) to play,” Sierra, one of the most respected reporters in Colombian football, tells Tuttomercatoweb. “He’s had few (offers) in Europe.

“He is very young and is already at the top. Now, all he has to do is find space.”

Duran played down the speculation surrounding his Aston Villa future a couple of days ago. Having said that, he did admit that a move to AC Milan – who have been linked in recent months – would be the culmination of a childhood ‘dream’ (Win Sports TV).

And, with Olivier Giroud now closer to 40 than he is to 30, Sierra feels that San Siro may be something of an ideal destination.

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“Absolutely, yes, I think that Jhon is a perfect player for Milan,” Sierra adds. “He is suited to a club like this. He’s strong, he is fast, he is a real fighter.”

“He is a central striker but not ‘classic’ (centre-forward). He has excellent ball control, he’s quick, he knows how to change pace without difficulty. He’s young, but he is already reaching a good maturity.”

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