Aston Villa have had a really impressive start to the new season.
Having taken six points from their opening two matches of the Premier League campaign, they look well set to rise up the table after their disappointing finish of 17th in 2019/20.
They have spent £75m over the course of the summer but will face their toughest test yet when they take on Liverpool on Sunday.
This will be an opportunity to test how far they've come, but at the end of the day, Villa don't need to win matches against teams like Liverpool in order to stay in the division.
Either way, they look a lot more prepared to take on those around them this season. Johan Lange has done a great job in the transfer window but he's not quite done yet.
His first summer at the club has seen the Villans smash their transfer record and bring in an array of talent including Emi Martinez.
He has saved a penalty and kept two clean sheets in his first 180 minutes for the club so if that's a sign of things to come, Lange deserves huge credit for his negotiation skills.
However, he'll have to push a little harder in the remaining days of the window if Villa want to seal their next target.
According to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Aston Villa are one of the teams to have submitted an offer to Juventus for full-back Mattia De Sciglio.
Celtic have also made an offer for the 27-year-old, but it appears as though the duo will have to come back with improved terms.
That's because Juventus have rejected both offers despite wanting to get rid of him.
Andrea Pirlo is trying to save space on the wage bill and with De Sciglio currently on a salary of £91k-a-week, he is a prime candidate to leave.
GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...
If Aston Villa are in the market to sign De Sciglio, then surely Dean Smith has plans to play Matty Cash in a more advanced role.
The Italy international is a right-back and thus, it would be rather perplexing to bring him in merely as competition for Cash.
After all, De Sciglio simply earns far too much money to be considered a back-up option - he would need to be the number one choice at full-back.
De Sciglio has had an interesting career to date and in playing for AC Milan before his move to Turin, he was even been hailed by Franco Baresi as a "young Maldini."
Praise doesn't come much bigger than that so Aston Villa really would have a player on their hands here.
Whether they want to shell out such large terms, though, remains to be seen.
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