5 Players Aston Villa Could Look to Sign This Summer

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Johnny Reynolds

5 Players Aston Villa Could Look to Sign This Summer

After selling star player and club captain, Jack Grealish, last summer for £100m, many Aston Villa fans believed the reinvestment of this money would propel the Villa up the Premier League table.

Last Summer the Villans bought Emi Buendia from Norwich, Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen, and Danny Ings from Southhampton, to name a few. However, these signings have not had the desired effect at the club, as the Midlands giants currently sit 14th in the Premier League, after sacking Dean Smith in November and replacing him with England and Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard.

Looking forward to the coming transfer window, the former Rangers manager, Gerrard may look to raid his old club. This article looks at five players that Aston Villa could sign this summer.

Max Aarons - Norwich City

Though Villa currently have a fantastic right-back in the former Nottingham Forest player Matty Cash, there has been much speculation of late about Cash’s villa future prior to his new contract, with current Spanish champions Atletico Madrid said to be among the clubs interested in purchasing the Polish international.

If the Pole does leave Villa Park in the next 18 months or so, then a ready-made replacement could be Norwich City defender Max Aarons. Aarons has already made over 150 career appearances for the Canaries at the tender age of 22, and over 60 of those have been in the top flight.

His attacking playing style would suit Villa, as his qualities are similar to Cash’s attacking threat. Though a few fans may doubt his defensive capability, Aarons has played in a struggling Norwich side and has been linked to Europe's biggest clubs for years, including Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

Ryan Kent - Rangers

Though this may seem a bit too obvious given Gerrard’s links to Rangers, Kent has excelled in the Europa League this season and would undoubtedly provide Villa with some pace in wider areas that they have lacked this year.

Kent was one of Gerrard's first signings at Ibrox in 2018 and is a quality player who was key for Rangers in their Scottish Premiership title win last season. Kent, who used to play for Liverpool with Gerrard, but never made a first-team appearance, has failed to have as bigger an impact this year as was expected of him and has been linked with a move away from Scotland, with fellow Premier League side Leeds United also said to be interested.

Yves Bissouma - Brighton & Hove Albion

Aston Villa have been heavily linked to Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma for almost a year now, and it's not hard to see why.

The Malian player has had another outstanding season at the heart of the Seagulls’ midfield, though he is the most booked player in the division. Villa currently has Douglas Luiz and John McGinn as their starting midfield duo, however, Villa lack quality depth in this area and Bissouma would certainly provide adequate cover for either, or more likely replace one of them in the side.

Bissouma would cost a hefty price, with a £40 million fee rumoured. Bissouma was close to joining Arsenal last summer and is likely to leave Brighton this window, with several other clubs, including the Gunners, said to be interested in Brighton’s star man.

Ben Brereton Diaz - Blackburn Rovers

Last summer’s signing of Danny Ings hasn’t worked out exactly as most Villa fans would have hoped, as he has scored just five goals this season. Thus, this summer Villa will likely target a new forward to lead the line in the 2022-23 season.

Blackburn striker Brereton Diaz has enjoyed a sensational campaign having scored 21 goals in 33 Championship games. Though Villa may be interested in a more proven goalscorer, as Diaz only has one really successful season to his name, the Villans are said to be monitoring the Chilean forward.

Brereton has also been linked with a move to Sevilla by the Spanish newspaper Estadio Deportivo. With Blackburn's promotion push failing, it seems certain that the striker will leave Ewood Park in the summer transfer window.

Luis Suarez - Atletico Madrid

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could return to the Premier League with Villa this summer, according to reports that Gerrard has signed a contract with the Uruguayan, paving the way for a spectacular return to the English top flight.

The 35-year-old is expected to leave Atletico Madrid this summer, and Villa are said to be interested in signing him on a short-term deal. Though this is perhaps the least likely deal out of the five on this list, it would certainly be the most dramatic.

Gerrard has previously persuaded Philippe Coutinho to join the club in January from Barcelona, and he may be able to convince Suarez to leave the Spanish sun for Villa Park as well. According to reports, Suarez wants to sign with a European team for one more season before joining an MLS franchise to finish his career. Suarez has proven Premier League class, and is regarded as one of the best Strikers of the 21st Century.

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