The 23-year-old has been at City since joining the club's youth setup in 2006, but has only managed to make 28 first-team appearances in all competitions since breaking into the senior squad in the 2009/10 season. Boyata has been out on loan before at both Bolton Wanderers and FC Twente, but looks increasingly likely to now leave the Etihad Stadium on a permanent deal at the end of this season. Aston Villa are on the lookout for new signings to strengthen their squad for next year, having endured a difficult campaign this term with another fight against relegation.