It's almost hard to believe that Fiorentina central midfielder Jordan Veretout has been linked with a transfer to Arsenal in recent weeks.
The Frenchman has emerged as a candidate to replace Aaron Ramsey who has agreed a four-year-deal to join Juventus
Veretout has somewhat impressively bagged five goals this Serie A campaign, mirroring Ramsey's total, whilst providing three assists. It's not a bad contribution from midfield, although he has made 27 appearances.
Regardless of his revived career in Italy, it is still a shock to believe that the Gunners are considering lining up
With these surprising rumours circulating around the midfielder, here are five
He Played for Aston Villa (and Flopped)
If this whole time you were wondering, 'Jordan Veretout...where have I heard that name before?' then here's where. The Frenchman graced English shores back in 2015 when Aston Villa signed him for £8m.
Around three years ago, Veretout was an exciting prospect having been a
He's a World Cup Winner (Kind of)
As a young teenager, Veretout covered himself in glory for his country. As already mentioned, he is a former France youth international.
What is even more impressive is the fact that he won the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey with France. He essentially laid the foundations for Les Bleus to go onto greatness and win the 2018 World Cup five years later. Ok, laying the foundations is a stretch, but he helped.
Partnering Geoffrey Kondogbia and Paul Pogba
That World Cup Win Is Not His Only Honour
Veretout made his professional debut with Nantes way back in 2011 as a teenager. He went on to spend nearly five years with the club, making 143 appearances and scoring 15 goals.
In the 2012/2013 Ligue 2 campaign, the midfielder achieved promotion back to Ligue 1 with his boyhood club.
Nantes secured the third and final promotion spot in the league to join Monaco and Guingamp in getting back to the best division in France.
He Will Cost a Hefty Transfer Fee
Despite only costing Aston Villa
With that price tag, Veretout seems like a strange target especially given that Arsenal could go after players like Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure or Cagliari's Nicolo Barella.
Emery Is Familiar With Veretout From Their Time in France
No matter what is said, it is astounding to see Veretout linked with Arsenal. The Gunners have won the league 13 times and have been hugely successful. The box-to-box midfielder was relegated with Aston Villa. Case closed.
Or is it? Arsenal manager Unai Emery has enjoyed an impressive first season with the Gunners and will have over-achieved if he secures Champions League football for next season.
Ex-Villa man Jordan Veretout in action for Fiorentina in the early kick off in Serie A.— IndexGain (@IndexGain) 7 April 2019
Here’a a look at his season stats using the Player Info report on Slack….#footballindex pic.twitter.com/JmS4vvTwpQ
So perhaps the manager knows what he is doing and should not be questioned if he signs Veretout. After all, the Spaniard did witness Veretout line up for Saint-Etienne against his PSG side back in the 2016/17 Ligue 1 season.
Perhaps Veretout's future will be determined by Arsenal's success in the Europa League or Premier League.