Aston Villa still have 15 matches of the 2020-21 Premier League season to go but that doesn’t mean attentions cannot turn to the summer.
Villa have been linked with a move for Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge, with Eurosport claiming on Tuesday that Dean Smith ‘s side are keeping a ‘keen eye’ on the player’s situation.
Berge was United’s record signing when he arrived at Bramall Lane for £22 million in January last year but the impending relegation of Chris Wilder’s side back to the Championship looks set to free the Norwegian up for a move.
There is also talk of outgoings, too, with The Athletic reporting earlier this month that Villa ‘s Premier League rivals Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in defender Ezri Konsa after a fine campaign as Tyrone Mings’ partner.
Here’s a comprehensive list of every link that has appeared ahead of the summer window…
Villa are reportedly monitoring United midfielder Berge ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Norway international joined the Blades in a £22m deal from Belgian side Genk last January but he is expected to leave if they are relegated.
With Wilder’s side 14 points from safety having picked up just two wins in 25 Premier League matches, interest is building in the 23-year-old Berge.
According to Eurosport, Villa are the ‘early favourites’ to land the 6ft 5in defensive midfielder’s signature in the summer, with a number of other sides also keen.
Full piece HERE.
Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is ‘settled’ at Parkhead after a month of speculation in the January transfer window.
Edouard has been heavily linked with a move to Villa Park with the summer and January windows seeing him mentioned as a transfer target for Villa.
Premier League rivals Leicester City, Arsenal and Crystal Palace have also been linked with a move for the France Under-21 international while reports last week claimed Italian side AS Roma are keen.
Edouard has scored 19 times in 29 matches this season, including eight goals in the past six Scottish Premiership games.
Villa fans have been reacting to a highlights reel of reported January target Michael Olise.
The Reading starlet was said to be on the list of targets made by Villa manager Smith for the January window.
The 19-year-old has impressed in the Championship this season, scoring four goals and providing eight assists in 22 league appearances for the Royals so far.
There is also a report that the player has an £8 million release clause in his contract, although this has not been confirmed and Reading boss Veljko Paunovic has spoken of his desire to work with the teenager for the long term .
Full piece HERE.
Villa have been backed to make Bournemouth winger David Brooks a ‘very good addition’ to Smith’s squad.
The Wales international is widely considered to be one of the best players outside the Premier League and has helped the Cherries to third place in their bid to seal promotion back to the top-flight.
Villa planned for a quiet January after a successful summer transfer window but Brooks emerged as a target after a brilliant first half of the campaign.
The technical winger, who can also play as a number 10, has bounced back from an early season injury to net four goals and create five more for his teammates.
Villa will reportedly need to part with around £40 million to land Ross Barkley on a permanent deal from Chelsea in the summer.
According to website 90min.com , Chelsea will demand a fee of about that figure if Villa want to sign the midfielder after his loan spell ends upon the conclusion of the 2020-21 season.
Barkley joined Villa at the end of September after it became apparent that his chances of first-team football at Stamford Bridge this campaign had become slim following a big-money spend on transfers in the summer.
Under former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, who was sacked and replaced by Thomas Tuchel last month, the west London side broke their transfer record to sign Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen and also landed Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech for RB Leipzig and Ajax respectively.
Full piece HERE.
January came and went without a move for Milot Rashica – but the Werder Bremen winger is reportedly being eyed for a summer transfer already.
The Bundesliga club’s sporting director Frank Baumann fielded questions about the Kosovo international at a press conference on deadline day and said his side had not received a satisfactory offer for the player last month.
Rashica’s future has been the subject of intense speculation recently following interest from Villa in the summer.
Villa held talks with Werder in September but a deal could not be struck and Rashica also saw moves to German top-flight rivals RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen fall through.
Villa could snap up another bargain transfer from French side Olympique Marseille in the summer.
Winger Florian Thauvin, who was linked with a move to Villa ahead of the January transfer window, is reportedly set to see out his contract at the Stade Velodrome.
His current deal with the Ligue 1 outfit expires in the summer.
Villa have been credited with an interest in Thauvin while Premier League rivals Leicester City and reports in October claimed that the player would cost around £28 million to sign.
Full piece HERE.
Villa defender Konsa has been linked with a move away from the club.
According to The Athletic, Premier League rivals Liverpool and Tottenham are ‘keeping tabs’ on the centre back who has impressed this season.
Konsa has struck up a partnership with Mings and has played in all-but-two of Villa’s games this season, missing a couple of games because of illness in December.
The £12 million signing from Brentford has kept Kortney Hause and Bjorn Engels, who both had spells starting for Smith last season, out of the Villa starting XI and is reportedly attracting interest.
Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba has been linked with a move away from the club again.
Nakamba has been mentioned as a possible transfer target for Spanish side Valencia if they cannot secure a move for Atletico Madrid’s Lucas Torreira, who is struggling for game-time under Diego Simeone.
Torreira is on loan from Arsenal and has managed just two starts for Atleti this season.
Nakamba has also been linked with a move to Turkish sides Trabzonspor and Galatasaray.
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Conor Hourihane suspects he may have played his last game for Villa amid the club’s impressive progress under Smith.
The popular midfielder joined Swansea City on loan for the rest of the season last month and has made an excellent start to life with Steve Cooper’s side, scoring in three consecutive Championship games.
Having helped Villa win promotion back to the Premier League 2019, Hourihane is hoping to do the same with the Swans, who are currently third in the Championship table, just behind top two Brentford and Norwich City.
In an interview on the Irish Examiner’s Footballer’s Life podcast, Hourihane admitted leaving Villa, temporally for now, was a difficult decision but believes it was the right move for his career after a shortage of game time under Smith this season.
Villa’s recruitment has been on the money this season – but that certainly wasn’t always the case the previous year.
While many of the signings made by Johan Lange’s predecessor Jesus Garcia Pitarch have improved over time, some of them just didn’t work.
Mbwana Ally Samatta, who arrived for £8.5million from Belgian club Genk in January 2020, undoubtedly falls into the unsuccessful pile. He arrived to enormous fanfare as the first Tanzanian to sign for a Premier League club and he scored on his Premier League debut at Bournemouth.
Samatta netted his second Villa goal in the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City at Wembley – but his next 11 appearances returned nothing.
Full piece HERE.
Bristol City head coach Dean Holden confirmed Keinan Davis would not be leaving Villa Park in January.
The Robins were linked with a move for Davis, with BirminghamLive’s sister title in the south-west, BristolLive, reporting that Holden is keen on a move for the centre-forward.
City’s Championship rivals Swansea City, Preston North End, Derby County and Stoke City have also been credited with an interest in Davis, who signed a new contract with Villa earlier on this season.
Davis is Villa’s only other fit striker, with Ollie Watkins leading the line for Smith’s side.
Manchester City have reportedly scouted Palmeiras midfielder Patrick de Paula as links with Villa’s Douglas Luiz persist.
De Paula is a defensive midfielder – like Douglas – and is said to have attracted the interest of Man City and Portuguese side Benfica with both sides watching him in action during the Copa Libertadores final at the weekend.
It is being reported that de Paula has an £88 million release clause in his contract with Palmeiras, with Brazilian media outlet UOL claiming Benfica were keen in the last transfer window.
Pep Guardiola has been linked with a reunion for Douglas but now it appears they are sounding out alternatives to the Brazilian.
Full piece HERE.
Celtic and Everton have been linked with a move for Villa’s Tyreik Wright.
Wright is currently on loan with League Two side Walsall, joining up with Darrell Clarke’s side in January for the rest of the season.
The 19 year-old has been with Villa since he was signed from Lakewood in his native Republic of Ireland in 2018.
He had spent 12 years with Lakewood before he moved to Villa Park and had been training with the first team in the build-up to the FA Cup third round clash with Liverpool in January, hence his lack of involvement with Mark Delaney’s side for the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions.