Aston Villa Summer Transfer Links
In the one piece of solid transfer news of the week, Villa welcomed their first signing of the season and potentially one of the most important transfers they’ll make this window. Tommy Elphick signed from Bournemouth for just £3 million and is looking likely to become the new captain, leading a stronger backline in the new season. Elphick cut short his honeymoon by five days in order to get his Villa deal wrapped up quicker, so preparations could move forward and he could welcome the rest of his new incoming teammates to B6.
In other news…
Young Midfielder Link
The freshest transfer news to be associated with Villa this week was an apparent interest in snatching Reading’s best, bright and upcoming midfielder Aaron Tshibola. According to local Reading press, Tshibola is attracting lots of attention from rival clubs in the Championship and some Premier League clubs as well. At only 21-years-old the highly-rated young midfielder is hot property and apparently Reading have already rejected a host of offers around the £2 million mark.
With so many critics gathering around Brad Guzan last year, after he made so many mistakes and looked very frail behind the backline, one of Villa’s main priorities is signing a new goalkeeper.
We’ve been linked with many keepers within the Championship, such as Keiran Westwood, but as of yet the only established interest has apparently been towards Costel Pantilimon. The Mirror reported on how the Watford keeper playing second fiddle to Heurelho Gomes is seeking regular playing time and apparently Di Matteo is willing to offer him that, despite the Romanian only moving to Vicarage Road last January.
Business for Brady?
Whilst Villa’s only player at Euros Ciaran Clark is performing in a mediocre fashion, one of his teammates at the tournament has apparently caught Di Matteo’s eye. The Birmingham Mail reported that Robbie Brady, who was also relegated to the Championship with Norwich, is on Villa’s wish list and outlines Di Matteo’s intentions to buy a new winger that has a lot of quality when crossing the ball. Hopefully, this means we will see the best out of Rudy Gestede with some better deliveries in this upcoming season.
Attention for Amavi
Despite Jordan Amavi only making a handful of appearances last season, Villa fans know how much promise and potential the young 22-year-old has to offer. He looked a top player and unfortunately we’ve been unable to keep his talents quiet as a hidden gem with all sorts of top European clubs and mid-table Ligue 1 teams stalking him like vultures. The Express reported on how the likes of Liverpool, Lyon, AC Milan and more, have been probing the club for information on the French full-back.
Veretout to Leave
Jordan Veretout has apparently confirmed reports that he’d like to leave the club this summer after the poor treatment he received last season. L’Equipe reported on how another one of Villa’s French transfers is looking for a move elsewhere, with European clubs and Premier League interest from Bournemouth, wanting to acquire themselves a creative midfielder. Veretout failed to impress last season but it’s difficult to judge him on that, after all the troubles that went on.
Okore Persuaded by Fresh Start
We were bombarded by rumours that Jores Okore was dying to leave Villa Park in order to push his career forward after failing to progress in claret and blue. However, directly after the new owner was ratified and Di Matteo came into the club with a strong backroom staff, Okore was persuaded to change his mind. According to Bold.dk, the pacey centre-back’s agent revealed how Okore is now happy to stay due to the fresh optimism that Tony Xia has brought back to the club. I’m sure he’d build a strong partnership alongside Elphick for the coming season.
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