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Official: Villa sign Wesley in record-breaking bid

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Wesley Moraes in Villa’s new man and the third signing of the summer

Club Brugge v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League Group A Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

The cash was always going to be spent - and now Aston Villa have announced their third summer signing in the surprise transfer of striker Wesley Moraes from Club Brugge.

In a deal that surprised almost everyone, Wesley will become Villa’s record signing - and the club are currently waiting on international clearance and a work permit to be awarded; but the fee and contract has been agreed.

The tall Brazilian forward instantly boosts Villa at a weak position - striker - and will likely have large resale value and a high talent ceiling. He fits the bill in all ways and most know it - he was previously awarded the Belgian ‘Golden Shoe’ for the best young player in the Pro League.

The easy comparison here is to compare Wesley to Christian Benteke - and you’d not be too wrong to do so, but the pressure will be on our new man to perform from the get go and he probably won’t be afforded anytime at all to adapt. Villa need him.

And they also need that work permit sorted.