While the transfer window doesn’t open officially until July 1st and Villa’s CEO Keith Wyness, who rubber stamps any deals is suspended from football activity for three weeks, the transfer rumours still persist. We look at some of the early transfer rumours currently doing the rounds involving Aston Villa…
The Liverpool Echo claims that Gareth Barry will not be leaving Everton to rejoin Aston Villa this summer, pouring water on the rumours (created by Villa fans on Twitter?) that there could be a potential move for the 36-year-old.
As MOMS has reasoned before, when you’re just five games away from equalling Ryan Giggs’ Premier League record of 632 appearances and not getting any younger, why would you drop to the Championship?
Also, Everton have qualified for the Europa League, so will need players like Barry to give the squad depth to cope with the demands of also playing European football.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman certainly impressed by Barry too, saying: “He is one of the best players I have managed in my teams because the cleverness of him in football is really of a high quality.”
Mooted Villa target Barnsley forward Marley Watkins committed himself to signing a three-year deal with Norwich City ending the possibility of Villa adding a third Barnsley player to their ranks…unless…
Since our last Transfer report, Aston Villa are reportedly interested in signing Barnsley captain Marc Roberts.
According to the Sheffield Star, Villa are willing to splash out £5m for the defender, which seems a little over the odds for the player, when you compare such a fee to the purchases of both Henri Lansbury and Conor Hourihane.
Roberts was named this season’s Barnsley player of the year, after becoming club captain after Hourihane joined Villa in January.
Aston Villa have been mentioned in local newspaper stories – Eastern Daily Press & Blackpool Gazette – about interest in Fleetwood left-back Amri’i Bell. The former Blues academy player has apparently been on the radar of Norwich City, with both Villa and the Blues being mentioned in the mix for the 23-year-old.
Entering the final year of his contract, Bell is meant to be available for around £1million.
If Jordan Amavi is moved on then Villa will no doubt be in the hunt for a new left-back to give them options alongside Neil Taylor.
While Villa are currently in the driving seat in terms of securing Sam Johnstone for another season off Manchester United, reports have emerged from the Herfordshire Mercury and other local press, that Watford are interested in securing his services permanently.
With Johnstone unlikely to displace Heurelho Gomes as number one and the fact that these reports are implying that Villa can’t afford to buy Johnstone permanently, which isn’t true, at the moment I can’t see Johnstone going anywhere else but Villa Park.
Jose Mourinho is keen to keep Johnstone in the United fold at the moment, so a season loan to Villa would suit him the best.
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