Aston Villa make two key signings as Leeds United start race for Liverpool star



Ahead of another busy summer transfer window, Aston Villa hired Rob Mackenzie to head recruiting.

Joined by partners from Leicester City, OH Leuven, Mackenzie will help Johan Lange revamp Villa’s recruiting approach – and apparently the two know each other well.

Despite the millions that will be spent in the market, the pair could be Villa’s biggest signing of the summer and will be able to move the club forward.

In the absolutely unthinkable worst-case scenario where Villa abandons a league – ideally not – the recruiting department will take them to the next level. This could also be the case in the Premier League, with a number of clubs choosing to progress with agency recruiting.

It is essential that Villa finds stability and longevity in all areas – because time can reward them, especially since the man who brought Esteban Cambiasso, Heung-Min Son and Riyad Mahrez to the Premier League is involved in the club. .

So what is Mackenzie?

Transfer battle

Leeds United are said to be preparing a £ 15million offer for Liverpool outcast Harry Wilson amid Aston Villa interest.

Dean Smith was closely linked with a move for the 23-year-old last summer, before finally joining relegation rivals Bournemouth.

He scored at Villa Park early in the season, but would be relegated with the Cherries, with his future at Anfield in the air.

Jurgen Klopp was supposed to seek nearly £ 30million last summer, but according to the Sun Leeds believe they could strike a deal for half that fee in the current climate.

With Leeds, the report claims Villa and Newcastle United are part of the mix, if the Reds seek a permanent deal, rather than another loan.


Wolves have reportedly made a move to sign much-sought after Norwich City defender Max Aarons.

A number of clubs are said to be interested in Aarons, who played for the Canaries despite being relegated to the league.

With the wolves; Aston Villa are said to be watching the 20-year-old, who is valued at around £ 18million.

In addition to the two Midlands rivals, Tottenham are said to be in the running, with Bayern Munich also considering the possibility of bringing another England youth star to the Bundesliga.

However, despite this intense competition, according to Football Insider, Wolves are leading the hunt after making contact with officials from Carrow Road.

Norwich City's Max Aarons takes on Trezeguet.
Norwich City’s Max Aarons takes on Trezeguet.

Wanted man

Wesley Moraes looked anything but ready to stay at Aston Villa for the coming season – but a surprise offer would be on the cards.

The striker, injured on January 1 against Burnley, is the subject of Lazio’s interest.

And an offer has apparently been put on the table.

This is according to Turkish outlet Tribun Dergi, who is one of the few sources to claim that Wesley has been identified as a top striker for the club – with increased interest in Borja Mayoral and Vedat Muriqi.

Uncertain future

Tammy Abraham’s future at Chelsea is on hold, with Frank Lampard hesitant to offer her a new deal, according to reports.

The England international had a superb season on loan with Aston Villa in 2018/19, scoring more than 20 goals as Dean Smith’s side won promotion to Wembley.

Smith himself, has made it clear he wants to bring him back to B6, although Chelsea have finally given him his first-team chance.

And it was an opportunity he grabbed with both hands, scoring 17 goals this season. However, as the season progressed, he fell in the pecking order, with Olivier Giroud preferred.

Chelsea have since stepped up their attacking options with the arrival of Timo Werner and the potential capture of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.

Another addition

Craig Shakespeare has been unveiled as Aston Villa’s new assistant head coach.

Former Leicester boss Shakespeare, who most recently worked under Nigel Pearson at Watford before the manager was sacked ahead of the Hornets’ relegation, is back in the Premier League at Villa Park ahead of the new campaign.

Shakespeare, of Birmingham, played for Walsall and West Brom during his time playing and also held roles under Sam Allardyce with England and at Everton.

His wealth of experience should therefore be particularly useful in assisting Villa as they look to build on their first season back in the top flight, which involved avoiding relegation on the last day of the season under the circumstances. dramatic.

What the fans said

Aston Villa forward Wesley Moraes has been suspiciously linked with a move to Italian club Lazio this summer.

The Brazil forward, who has not played since January after suffering a late-season injury in the Burnley win, is still in the process of rehabilitating himself ahead of his planned return beyond the start of the campaign this month. next.

Serie A side Lazio would however like Wesley this window and are preparing a bid in the order of £ 13million.

Those mentioned fees, just over half of what Villa paid him 12 months ago, certainly brought a smile to Villa fans who immediately ridiculed the speculation.

Indeed, Wesley took advantage of a purple stain before his unfortunate injury and Lions fans can’t wait to see him don the burgundy and blue again.


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