With any move for goalkeeper Emi Martinez still subject to Villa and Arsenal reaching any agreement over a valuation and fee, a number of potential signings continue to be explored.
It’s reported that personal terms are agreed for the Argentine stopper, with a medical to take place at some point across the weekend. It’s not a done deal yet though.
In an interesting set of links to appear are that of Jesse Joronen and Jhon Chancellor.
Joronen is valued at €8m, with the Finnish keeper currently plying his trade at Brescia. Any move for the 28 year old would presumably hinge upon what happens with Martinez and could be an example of Villa hedging their bets in the event we won’t match The Gunners’ £20m valuation.
With that said, with Orjan Nyland, Jed Steer and Lovre Kalinic not appearing likely to threaten the number 1 shirt, perhaps Smith is considering adding Joronan, with Tom Heaton still injured.
Jhon Chancellor is perhaps the more plausible of the two rumours, with the giant Venezuelan centre-half a consideration for bolstering the defence. At 6ft 6′ he certainly stands talls.Embed from Getty Images
Whilst Villa’s defence improved markedly post-lockdown, Tyrone Mings sticks out as our marquee centre-half. Whilst Konsa’s development continues to be pleasing, Hause is arguably considered an able back-up within the squad. As such, the centre of defence is likely circled as a position for improvement, assuming the right players become available.
Whether Chancellor is that right player remains to be seen, especially as he joined Brescia for under €1m just a year ago. However, it’s reported that their CEO Massimo Cellino is in England pushing for a move, with both Villa and Watford possible destinations.
Leeds and Brighton have also been linked to the 15 time capped Venezuelan, with a possible fee of somewhere in the region of €3m floated.
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