Aston Villa are interested in signing Werder Bremen winger Milot Rashica, as has been reported by The Mirror.
The deal relies on Dean Smith’s side staying in the Premier League, but even if they do manage that, it will still be a challenge to get him in, due to competition from Liverpool for his signature.
Considering the role he would likely play at Anfield is a backup one, Villa may be able to entice him with regular Premier League football.
It has been suggested by Gazeta Blic that it will take €38m (£35m) to get Rashica from the Bundesliga strugglers, who are currently sitting second from bottom.
When it is kept in mind that Villa have failed to invest in a way that has managed to edge them towards safety this term, there may be scepticism around targeting another player who doesn’t have Premier League experience.
FFC writers have given their verdicts on whether Villa should make the move for Rashica in the summer.
“This signing is one Aston Villa should avoid unless Jack Grealish leaves in the summer.
“Affording him would likely only be manageable if the Villans maintain their Premier League status, too, so there is that to consider, but it is good to see the club thinking positively in preparing for that outcome, while also being proactive and readying replacements for Grealish, who deserves to get a move.
“Rashica could act as a source of goals for Dean Smith as well as making Villa dangerous going forward. Grealish is Villa’s league top scorer with just seven goals, underlining the problem they have in that area, but they could be helped by Rashica – who has 11 goal contributions in 20 Bundesliga starts for a struggling Werder Bremen side.
“Added to that, he has averaged 2.2 dribbles per game, and at 23 he has the potential to become even better. This would be an exciting signing and could take Villa to the next level.”
“Dean Smith would be mad not to make a move for Milot Rashica if the opportunity arises. Werder Bremen have been dreadful in the Bundesliga this term, with only Paderborn separating them from the bottom of the table, but the Kosovo international has been a shining light.
“With 10 goals in 24 games, he leads the way for Die Werderaner, and has often been the only source of any attacking threat. Liverpool are also said to be interested – that is a clear indicator of his talent. Villa should put their full force behind trying to secure his services.”
“Have Aston Villa learned absolutely nothing from last summer?
“The Midlands club wasted over £100m last year on players who aren’t proven in the Premier League, and now they’re looking to do it again.
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“Spending £35m on a single player is an absolutely ridiculous idea for Villa to consider after last summer’s poor recruitment drive, and they need to work on landing a few more bargains to make up for the amount they wasted last season.
“Villa need to avoid splashing out on unproven talent, especially from a side sitting near the foot of the Bundesliga.”
“If the opportunity arises for Villa to make the move for Rashica, then they should definitely go for it, as he could prove to be an inspired signing. Grealish has been carrying Villa’s hopes almost single-handedly this term and Rashica has had a similar burden.
“Just as it will be no slant on Grealish if Villa are eventually relegated, Werder Bremen’s league position should not dictate how Rashica is viewed. It was a necessity for Suso to go out and sign various players for lower fees last summer due to how many holes needed to be filled. However, that is not the case anymore if they stay up, so they can afford to splash out on somebody who could add extra quality to their squad.
“Alongside the defence, on the wings is arguably where Villa need the the most improvement, so this would be a brilliant use of funds.”
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