The transfer rumour mill shows no sign of slowing down, and in fact, it’s clicked into another gear. Especially so after AVFC dropped confirmation of the signing of Wesley Moraes out of nowhere.
Anything can happen, and click-hungry writers know that. The links will be made, and made more often from here on out.
So, as always - here’s the big Aston Villa transfer news stories. All of them worth a write-up in their own right, but you’ve only got so much time on your hands. Here’s an update on the rumours we covered previously and some new ones. Again - I’ve tried to add value to the ‘clickbait’ that we can easily find to actually make it worth reading about.
While the newspapers have been reporting this story as well - the majority of rumours seem to spread directly from Twitter and in-the-know accounts.
An English-based deal hovering over the Midlands - it was always going to leak into the hands of ‘ITK’ accounts. However, there may be some truth to what they are parroting. While some have announced that the deal for Butland is a ‘done deal’ - it’s not. Joe Bryan was a done-deal until he decided to chase Premier League football and move to Fulham at the last possible second. Don’t worry: Butland is close, but I’m confident that Villa have other targets in mind if this goes south.
Just wait for announcement from the club. That’s how you’ll know that this one is done, but there are still certain things that need to be arranged for Butland’s move to be sealed. Be patient.
Villa will look to complete a deal for Matt Targett over the next week or so. According to the Express and Star, the £10 million left-back will be a fairly cheap deal and secure a weak position.
Villa were linked to him last season - but nothing came of it. Now with a bit of cash, it seems that they are in a position to get things done. Southampton likely won’t stand in his way.
It’s all gone quiet on this one. While it’s rumoured that Villa are still interested, they won’t be splashing a lot of cash on Maupay if they can avoid it now that they have signed their young and hungry striker with a high talent ceiling.
Neal is an incredibly easy player to link with a move to Villa, because he’s worked with Dean Smith before and has stated that he’d like to do so again.
Could it happen? Yes! Will it happen? Only if Villa can get value on their deal. The ball will always be in Brentford’s court here.
Joe Lolley was linked with a move to the Villa almost the second that Villa were promoted - and it did seem to be on the cards.
Until Nottingham Forest moved the goalposts and increased his price from £10 million to £15 million. Even then, the club have allegedly stated that there is no direct value for Lolley and that he is off the market.
Villa need a winger, even with the confirmed signing of Anwar El Ghazi. Lolley might be that man, because Forest will sell if the bid for him is too good to refuse. However, if Villa do decide to do that, they are overpaying for a good player.
Lewis Dunk has been tipped to move to Aston Villa in a massive deal by The Sun - but I have my doubts.
Dunk would cost a lot more than any other defender that Villa fancy, including Tyrone Mings. Dunk would be a massive hit to the bill, and while he’d be a great signing he’d likely be beyond Villa’s reach for this season, at least.
Don’t expect this to happen unless either Villa become desperate or Brighton drop their price.
Any deal for Harry Wilson will have to wait - Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, wants to give Wilson a chance to make his mark during Liverpool’s pre-season. It’s Wilson’s goal to break through into the first-team at Anfield and it looks like he’ll be given a shot over the next month or so.
There’s every chance that he makes it, and there’s every chance that Liverpool choose to cash in. It’s up in the air and nothing will happen here until we move towards the end of the transfer window.
Last week, Villa actioned their clause to sign Kortney Hause after a successful loan deal - and it’s pretty much done - bar any drastic decisions.
Watch this space.
We have heard nothing on Tyrone Mings except that he has more suitors than the last time we talked. Villa are working on a deal - but you’ll need to hold your horses.
I wish there was more to say than that, but there isn’t.
According to The Telegraph, Kalvin Phillips is wanted by Aston Villa. The Leeds man have a brilliant season and is firmly in the sights of Dean Smith.
Phillips is loved by Bielsa and is enjoyed by Leeds fans. However, he’s not pivotal to the club and the board will likely force the move through if Villa want to go to war for Phillips. They absolutely should. It’d mean for plenty of difficult conversations at Elland Road and there’s no sign that Phillips would leave - but Villa can pose a difficult question for the club if they can make a bid that tops £20 million.
It’s not happening right now. So ends Maxi’s short life on the Aston Villa rumour mill. What an exciting rumour though!