Aston Villa eye deal for £2.8m international ace


Aston Villa have enjoyed an excellent year or so.

After finally securing promotion from the Championship the midlands side were given the huge challenge of adapting to life back in the top flight.

The difference in quality between the Premier League and Championship is massive, and that's why what happened last term was such a big achievement.

While the battle to avoid the drop went right to the wire, Dean Smith's side did just enough to keep their heads above water.

They may have spent £140million in doing so, but it's still a massive achievement.

But this summer it's time to kick on.

Smith is determined that his side aren't dragged into a relegation battle again, and that's why he's keen to really crack on in the transfer market.

Matty Cash has already completed a £14million move from Nottingham Forest, while Ollie Watkins will be next through the door with a move from Brentford imminent.


But there's also one key position that Villa are looking to strengthen, and that's between the sticks.

Several players have been linked with a move, one of whom is Sergio Romero.

The Manchester United stopper faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford with David De Gea and Dean Henderson vying for the number one jersey.

That means that a summer move could be on the cards, with the Express linking Romero with a move to Villa Park.

Securing a deal could be harder than they thought though, with the same report claiming that Chelsea are also keen on a move.


GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This would be a heck of a deal for Aston Villa.

We saw last season that Dean Smith's side was lacking a solid presence between the sticks, and Romero would certainly bring that.

The Argentine looks unlikely to get any real chance at Old Trafford this term with their goalkeeper shirt being hotly contested.

David De Gea and Dean Henderson are the two options who will fight it out, and that means that Romero will be surplus to requirements.

But that doesn't mean that he's not good enough for the top flight.

Valued at £2.52million by Transfermarkt, Romero would be a huge asset for Aston Villa and would play a massive part in stabilising their defence.

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