Midfielder Veretout has been linked with moves to Aston Villa, Liverpool and Spurs throughout the summer, with French newspaper L’Equipe claiming last week that the Reds had offered £10.7million for the 22-year-old’s services.
The Frenchman scored seven goals and provided six assists for Nantes in 36 Ligue Un appearances last season, with many of Europe’s top clubs now taking an interest in the France youth international.
With Liverpool thought to be winning the race for his signature, Nantes president Kita has admitted a deal to sell Veretout to “a great English club” is “basically agreed”.
“We are basically agreed on everything,” Kita told L’Equipe, who claim Villa are now the frontrunners for Veretout’s signing.
“I am obliged to give in, he is 22, he has a big future and he will play for a great English club.
“The problem is that there is a substantial tax in France that does not exist elsewhere.
“If (Veretout) has a delusional salary and he comes to see me and decides to leave, it will be hard to oppose.”
Veretout would become Villa’s seventh permanent signing of the summer after Scott Sinclair, Micah Richards, Mark Bunn, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Amavi and Jordan Ayew have all arrived for a cumulative £29million, with the departures of Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph leaving Tim Sherwood with room to improve his squad.