Aston Villa has been linked with Liverpool forward Divock Origi.
According to the Sun, Villa is considering a move for the Belgium international to beef up Dean Smith’s attacking options.
Signing a new striker is seen as a priority in the transfer window after Villa secures his Premier League security.
Having arrived at the club’s record, Wesley Moraes is still in the process of regaining his physical form while Mbwana Samatta and Keinan Davis struggled to make an impact during relegation.
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Origi has made 44 appearances for Liverpool this season, but the majority of them have come as replacements with the 25-year-old behind Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in Jurgen Klopp’s plans.
He scored vital goals for the Reds on their way to Champions League glory last year but he is tipped for an Anfield exit this summer to boost his international hopes.
But what do Liverpool fans think of Villa’s declared interest?
One supporter posted on social media: “Villa would be a great club for Origi, scores huge goals but thinks he should play first team somewhere. ”
“#Lfc shouldn’t agree to a deal under £ 60million for Origi,” another wrote. “We treated him for a long time. Should also set a date beyond which the sale will not be completed. Aston Villa are said to be a quality striker who is used to Premier League life and has good years to come. £ 60million for both. “
Aston Villa completed the signing of much-loved defender Sil Swinkels from Vitesse Arnhem.
Swinkels has been a target for Villa’s thriving academy since playing against them for the U17 Sprint squad earlier this season.
The 16-year-old, who has represented his country at youth level, will join the U18 squad at Bodymoor Heath for the coming season.
The Dutch club confirmed the deal was done, posting a social media post that read: “Sil Swinkels is exchanging Speed Academy @AVFCOfficial. The defender will play in England in the Under-18s. Good luck, Sil!
Swinkels becomes the latest addition to the academy, as Villa continues to invest funds in development teams under the leadership of Mark Harrison.
Green light from Benrahma
He has said Benrahma will play in the Premier League, whether with Brentford or elsewhere.
This is the view of his Bees teammate Pontus Jannson, who thinks the winger could play for a “big, big club in the world”.
Aston Villa has been heavily linked with the Algeria international, with reports they could make a move for him in the summer window.
Dean Smith wanted to be reunited with the Brentford flyer last summer, but Villa was unwilling to hit the bees’ asking price of £ 20million.
But he is believed to be on the club’s radar again this summer in hopes of being able to secure a club record deal to bring him back to B6.
Much will depend on whether Brentford can win promotion to the top, with Thomas Frank’s men taking on Fulham in the Championship play-off final on Tuesday night.
With Villa; Chelsea are believed to be longtime admirers, while Leeds United, Arsenal and West Ham United have also recently been linked.
And Jansson, speaking to Football.London, admitted that Benrahma and his offensive colleagues, Ollie Watkins and Bryan Mbuemo, will all be on the move if they stay in the league.
He said: “All three will play for big big clubs, hopefully with us in the Premier League. Otherwise, in the big big clubs of the world in the years to come.
“Said, the things he can do with the ball that you can’t dream of. It’s amazing and, like with Ollie, the way he works for the team is amazing. And of course he scores goals. ”
Pepe Reina’s future is on hold.
The goalkeeper, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Aston Villa, returned – at least initially – to AC Milan after helping the Lions protect themselves from Premier’s relegation League.
Reina, 37, has replaced Orjan Nyland with both injured Tom Heaton and Jed Steer, and Lovre Kalinic is not in contention for a place in the Villa Park squad.
The Spaniard, a Liverpool legend, has kept two clean sheets in 12 appearances as Villa survived the fall on the last weekend of the campaign – and the end of the season naturally led to question marks over what the future held for Reina.
While Danny Drinkwater will return to parent club Chelsea after failing to impress during his six-month loan spell, there is more than one decision to be made on Reina.
There were also conflicting reports this past weekend about Villa’s intentions towards the veteran stopper; sources in the UK say Villa is unlikely to act on Reina’s successful loan spell.
In Italy, however, it’s very different – Calciomercato says Villa has made an offer to Reina that lasts two years.