With the big money signings of Ollie Watkins (£33m) and Matty Cash (£15m) having been completed, Dean Smith’s attention is now turning to improving other areas of the squad.
With personal terms agreed now also agreed with Arsenal goalkeeper Emi Martinez, a medical is expected this weekend, whilst a transfer fee is yet to be reached with The Gunners. Both clubs are currently negotiating, with Villa having a £15m bid rejected as Arsenal looks set to hold out for a figure closer to £20m.
The Villa Underground has tracked the news and rumour concerning Milot Rashica since early in the summer transfer window. Interest has mounted in recent days as the resumption of the Premier League draws near.
Dean Smith has had to bide his time tracking the Kosovan international, with the winger courted by a number of European sides. The 24 year old had been heavily linked with a move to RB Leipzig, with the German side looking to continue their ascendancy amongst the continental elite.
However, interest domestically in the Bundesliga appears to have cooled, most likely as a result of Werder Bremen’s staunch position in terms of any transfer fee.
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With the player seemingly unsettled and Villa in need of an exciting attacking midfielder who can play off the wing, Bremen’s resolve has been tested with an opening offer of €18m.
Rashica has been touted for as high as a staggering €38m early in the window, but it is understood that the German side are holding out for as much as €25m.
Villa are in a cash rich position but will be mindful of the competition from other clubs across Europe likely monitoring the winger’s availablity. Whilst the financial clout brings its advantages in respect of matching any fee, Villa must be cautious of not being seen as easy touches nor seeking out acquisitions with an air of desperation either.
Indeed, the astronomical fee outlaid for Ollie Watkins (rising to £33m) raised as many eyebrows as it will be subject to scrutiny once the season begins. Rashica would represent an interesting signing, but only at the right price.
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