A major update has emerged on Aston Villa’s pursuit of Ludwig Augustinsson in the summer transfer window…
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that the club have agreed a deal to sign the Sweden international ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
He Tweeted: “Aston Villa have reached an agreement with Sevilla to sign Ludwig Augustinsson as new left back. Deal now in place, been told it’s a loan move with an option to buy included. # There’s still something to be resolved on player side, final details before deal completed.”
The full-back is set to become the fifth signing of the summer, following on from Philippe Coutinho, Boubacar Kamara, Robin Olsen, and Diego Carlos.
Villa supporters will be buzzing with this news as it means that the club have finally snapped up a replacement for Matt Targett, who joined Newcastle earlier in the window.
Lucas Digne will now have competition for his place in the side and that will, hopefully, drive both players on to improve. It will create a healthy battle to start in the back four and give Steven Gerrard a welcome selection headache, which is why this can be a very smart move.
Augustinsson struggled for game time at Sevilla last term – starting nine times – but previously showcased his quality in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen.
In the 2020/21 campaign, he averaged an excellent SofaScore rating of 7.14 in the German top-flight. He started 21 matches and created an impressive 1.8 key passes per match – recording four assists in total.
The gem also caught the eye in the recent Nations League matches for his country. In three games for Sweden, he averaged a phenomenal rating of 7.43 as he made 3.3 tackles and interceptions per game and won 78% of his individual duels.
These statistics suggest that the 28-year-old has the potential to be a top performer for Villa as he can make an impact at both ends of the pitch from left-back.
Even if he does not end up being the first-choice and playing every week in the Premier League, his presence will be vital to avoid Digne becoming complacement.
Fans will, therefore, be buzzing with this prospective loan deal for the Swedish full-back and will be delighted with the club’s willingness to bolster the depth of their squad ahead of next season.