CRYSTAL Palace are planning a €12m bid for Super Eagles defender Ola Aina in an audacious attempt to bring him back to the English Premier League from his Serie A side Torino according to the Italian news site Torino Granata.
Born and raised in London, Aina graduated from the Chelsea youth academy. He made three Premier League appearances for the senior team all as a substitute, before moving to Torino in 2018.
Aina, 25, returned temporarily to the Premier League last season, featuring in 31 games for Fulham. Unfortunately, Fulham were relegated at the end of the campaign despite Aina contributing two goals and one assist, leading to him returning to Italy.
Despite an on-and-off season with Torino this term, Aina has still managed to feature in 19 of Torino’s 34 Serie A games, 15 of which were as a starter. His overall Serie A career record reads a decent 81 matches, one goal, and five assists.
Aina could now be set for a permanent return to England, with Crystal Palace reportedly in pole position to secure his signature. Torino will be motivated to allow Aina to leave this summer, as he could depart for free next year when his contract expires.