Football Insider have dropped some new details behind Aston Villa’s swoop for Caleb Chukwuemeka in the summer transfer window.
Late on in the transfer window, Dean Smith’s side completed a move for the 19-year-old striker, whose younger brother, Carney, is already at Villa Park.
Now, Football Insider have claimed that Villa fended off significant competition from fellow Premier League side Spurs to his signature. A source has revealed that the north Londoners were the favourites for his signing before Villa jumped in, having submitted a cash-plus-player deal.
But, in the end, “the offer of a lucrative professional contract from Villa, which saw him reunite with his younger brother Carney, proved too much for the teenage striker to resist. That was a blow for Spurs, who had been willing to pay a guaranteed sum rising to £1m with add-ons for Chukwuemeka.”
While signing a 19-year-old who is yet to make his Premier League debut may not sound like a big deal, the fact Villa beat a European competing side to Chukwuemeka says a lot about the progress the Midlands club have made.
They are now being seen as a really attractive destination, for young players in particular, and Chukwuemeka is the latest in a long line of academy talents to make the switch to Villa Park, following in the footsteps of the likes of Louie Barry and Lamare Bogarde to name but a couple.
In fact, Football Insider themselves said: “Villa’s ambition and financial muscle has held sway over multiple deals in recent windows and they spent big on teenage British talent this summer.”
As well as the obvious link and desire to reunite Chukwuemeka with his brother at Villa Park, there’s no doubting the potential he has on the pitch either.
Former Northampton manager Keith Curle was full of praise for the 19-year-old last year, saying: “Caleb has got an unpredictability about him and he can be unorthodox at times. What we’re trying to do is get the fundamentals in place in his play without taking away that excitement and that freedom in his play.”
So, not only do Villa get an exciting prospect who could go on to be a great player for them, but it also reinforces the belief that Villa are one of the rising clubs of English football under NSWE, and this latest update is sure to have fans buzzing.