There have been a number of big Aston Villa transfer news stories over the past week - and while they are each worth a story in their own, there is only so much time.
With that in mind, here’s a quick update on some of the latest transfer rumours surrounding Villa. I have tried to add value to some of the obvious clickbait that surfaces in this ‘silliest of seasons’ where appropriate.
Anwar El Ghazi
It would seem that pending official announcement, Anwar El Ghazi’s move from Lille to Villa is done. The Dutch and French press announced yesterday that the move had been agreed for eight million pounds and that the personal terms between Villa and El Ghazi were all sorted. An announcement should follow and will likely drop in the working week.
The Brentford striker has been big news all summer - and the easiest link. He’s history for Dean Smith means that he will be forever linked with a move to Villa Park, and it looks like it’s likely to become the main striker rumour that now that the Tammy Abraham rumour mill has downed tools.
The Evening Standard state that Maupay will prefer a move to the Premier League if he is to leave Brentford and if Villa want to get serious about Maupay, they will need to part with serious cash. Upwards of twenty-five million pounds.
The Villa fan was instantly linked with a transfer the second that the Villans acheived promotion - but it hasn’t happened yet and negotiations between AVFC and Nottingham Forest have ran dry after Forest seemed to price Villa out of a move. They have asked for five million more than Villa’s own valuation of ten million pounds.
What’s more - NottinghamshireLive assume that any rumoured deal for Saïd Benrahma (more on that later) will pull Villa’s attention away from Lolley. This isn’t the case though - because Villa are after wingers - plural - and a single purchase won’t deny them a second bite at Lolley if they believe he is the correct signing.
According to The Mirror (via HITC), the Villa have joined a long list of suitors for Liverpool’s Harry Wilson after he enjoyed a second successful stint in the Championship. First impressing for Hull, and then Derby County. While he obviously fell at the final hurdle in his mission to assist Derby to promotion, it seems that Wilson will get his move to the Premier League anyway.
So what do Liverpool want for Wilson? Twenty-one million pounds. It’s not massive, but it’s still fairly eye-watering for Villa fans who are only a few weeks removed away from the Championship. If there’s one position that Aston Villa seem to be after in this early portion of the transfer market - it’s creative forwards. Wilson fits the bill, but it Villa might not be his preferred destination.
Last week, Villa actioned their clause to sign Kortney Hause after a successful loan deal - and his rights are being transferred from Wolverhampton Wanderers to Aston Villa. This is all pending and depends on whether Villa and Hause can come to an agreement on personal terms. Watch this space.
The latest on Tyrone is that various Twitter in-the-know accounts decided to state that a bid had been accepted for Mings from Bournemouth. There is no source and nothing official - at all. Villa did not have a clause in their loan deal with the Cherries, so this deal may be the toughest one for Villa to pull off. Have faith though, it will be done. Eventually. It’d be hard to believe that Mings doesn’t have any other suitors in the top flight though.
Brentford ace Saïd Benrahma is rumoured to be the subject of a nine million pound bid from Aston Villa as Dean Smith looks to win a transfer-battle for one of his former players. Benrahma registered over ten goals for the Bees in the last Championship season and was closing down on 20 assists.
While many have dismissed a bid for the forward as ‘pointless’ - Benrahma would be a talent who could perform for Villa in both leagues - Premier League and Championship - as well as offering depth on the wings and competition for the incoming El Ghazi.
The name of Maxi Gomez aired in relation to a Villa transfer on Thursday - but nothing serious or credible has happened. The news came because AVFC scout Juanfran decided to talk to the press about how much he liked Gomez!
Here’s the thing though - everybody and every club likes Gomez.
The Uruguayan hitman would be a dream of signing for Villa, and that’s probably all that it will be - because any deal for Gomez would be upwards of thirty million pounds. A fee worth paying, but a disruptive fee for Villa’s transfer plans. He’s the real deal, though.