Earlier this summer we heard that Aston Villa were interested in Mattia Destro and Adem Ljajic, forwards who ply their trade at Roma. Well, the Destro rumour never amounted to much. But Tim Sherwood is once again interested in Ljajic according to Sky Italia, via the Express.
When Villa were first linked to Ljajic, the Serbia winger was rumoured to be going for something in the £10 million range. If you read the article I linked, they say that Liverpool were told to pay £37 million for Ljajic, but don't panic. If you actually click that link, you find out that The Express are apparently confusing Balkan players and the absurd Liverpool number was actually for Miralem Pjanic.
So that brings us back to what we heard earlier in the summer. In the absence of updated numbers, we can assume Ljajic would go for somewhere in the aforementioned £10 million range. And for that, Villa would be getting a proven 23-year-old winger who had eight goals and two assists in twenty-three Serie A appearances last year.
One thing that has been obvious thus far is that Villa need a little more spark in their attack. The midfield and defense are good at containing other teams, but getting the ball in the back of the net has proven difficult. Ljajic would certainly help with that problem. If the money is there, this would be a good move.
But as this is the Italian press, take it with a grain of salt. This may be the last we hear of the deal, or it may already be done. It's tough to tell. In the meantime, enjoy this goal Ljajic scored against Manchester City in the International Champions Cup this summer: