Aston Villa will be utterly thrilled with their summer transfer activity.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic it was arguably the most difficult window for clubs to do business, but the midlands side barely looked like breaking sweat.
Last season was the club’s first campaign back in the Premier League and that meant that it was a bit of a slog at times.
However a positive run of form post-lockdown saw them finish the campaign with their heads above water in the relegation battle.
This term looks like it’ll be very different.
Deals to sign Matty Cash, Ollie Watkins, Bertrand Traore, Emiliano Martinez and Ross Barkley have been a complete game-changer – something that’s been represented in the club’s start to the season.
Three wins from three going into this weekend has seen Villa move into the upper echelons of the table, and that’s something that they’ll be hoping to continue as the season unfolds.
But if Villa are to last the duration then they may need to make more additions in January.
Several players will likely be linked, but according to reports one target will no longer be available.
Reports from German publication BILD claim that Milot Rashica is closing in on a move to Bayer Leverkusen.
The Kosovo international was heavily linked with a move to Villa Park this summer but a move fell through due to his wage demands.
Villa went on to sign Traore as an alternative, but were linked with a potential move in January.
However with Werder Bremen keen to cash in, it seems that a deal will now take him to the Bundesliga side.
GIVEMESPORT’S Phil Spencer says…
While this is a potential blow, I don’t think you can say that it’s a big one.
Described as someone ‘who makes scoring look easy’, Milot Rashica is undoubtedly a top level player.
He would certainly have made a big impact if he had completed his move to Aston Villa.
That said, you have to respect the choice of the Premier League club.
Dean Smith’s side have certainly enjoyed a strong transfer window and that should serve them well for this season.
Rashica’s move to Bayer Leverkusen sees him go off the market, but for Villa I don’t think they’ll lose too much sleep over a deal that never happened.
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