Fabrizio Romano is expecting Aston Villa to be ‘busy’ during the second half of the January transfer window.
NSWE promised Unai Emery a ‘huge’ winter transfer budget and have already brought in Alex Moreno from Real Betis. A deal for the left-back was worth around £13.3m, with the club now being linked with a move for Marseille midfielder Matteo Guendouzi.
The Ligue 1 club reportedly want around €50m (£44.3m) for the 23-year-old, a figure which would see him become Villa’s all-time record signing.
Romano has previously said that Villa are in contact with ‘people close’ to Guendouzi, and speaking to GiveMeSport, he has provided an update on the situation.
He said that while Villa are yet to make an official bid for the Frenchman, he then made an exciting claim as he expects the club to be busy over the coming weeks.
Romano told GiveMeSport: “So at the moment, they tell me they’ve not received any official bid yet. Let’s wait for Aston Villa to move, but I think they will be busy in the second part of January, yes.”
TIF thoughts on more possible additions…
The prospect of further additions prior to the end of the month will surely excite the Villa Park faithful, and it looks as if Guendouzi could well be a player for whom NSWE move in the coming days.
Another area that Villa might look to enhance may well be in attack, with Emery approving the possibility of bringing in a versatile forward.
The likes of Vedat Muriqi, Nicolas Jackson, Gerard Deulofeu and Samuel Chukwueze have all been linked with moves to the Midlands, so they could be names to monitor before the transfer window slams shut.
That would be defensive, midfield and attacking signings made in January, should they secure Guendouzi and a forward, and that prospective spread of additions may help Emery as he looks to guide Villa to a top-half finish ahead of his first full season in charge at the club.