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Aston Villa: Gerrard can land Neymar 2.0 with Noa Lang deal

Aston Villa have proven themselves as the early market frontrunners so far this summer, having already confirmed four new arrivals in recent weeks, notably sealing the high-profile captures of both Boubacar Kamara and Diego Carlos, despite rival interest.

Not content with those incomings, however, it would seem that manager Steven Gerrard and sporting director Johan Lange are plotting further reinforcements prior to the start of next season, with one source suggesting that there could be at least three more fresh faces through the door in the current window.

Amid that hunt for quality additions, one name that has emerged as a possible target is Club Brugge starlet Noa Lang, with the former Ajax man having been tipped to make the move to Villa Park by respected scout and coach, David Webb – as per The Athletic.

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Dubbed a “player that would excel in the Premier League” by Webb, the 22-year-old has become hot property following his sparkling form in Belgium in recent times, with the Dutchman notably starring in his side’s 1-1 draw with a star-studded Paris Saint-Germain outfit in the Champions League back in September.

That display not only thrust the three-cap international into wider focus, but it also saw him earn comparisons to one of his opponents on the day, Neymar, with that nod a marker of just what a talent he is.

While the aforementioned Brazilian can at times frustrate for his theatrics and apparent lack of commitment to the cause for an entire campaign, the 30-year-old has for so long dazzled at the elite level, winning a plethora of major honours and proving a talismanic figure for his country – for whom he now has 74 goals in 119 games.

To be compared then to the mercurial gem is a sign of just how special Lang is, with the £20k-per-week “assist machine” – as he has been labelled by Leeds reporter Graham Smyth – seemingly destined to make his mark at the highest level.

Despite his youth, the 5 foot 10 playmaker – who could reportedly cost in the region of £21m – has already recorded some remarkable numbers for his current side, racking up 52 goal contributions in just 85 games in all competitions, notably scoring seven times and registering 12 assists in the league alone last term.

Praised for his “individual quality” by former Belgium international Wesley Sonck, Lang would seemingly be able to add increased creative quality to a Villa squad already full of attacking talent, with it a mouthwatering prospect to imagine him lining up alongside former Barcelona man, Philippe Coutinho.

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The 29-year-old has for so long featured alongside Neymar at international level, with Gerrard able to replicate that duo at Villa Park next term, were he to pursue a deal for the immensely talented young forward.

Like the PSG man, Lang is also comfortable off either flank and can even operate in an attacking midfield role if required – as noted by Webb – with his ability to unlock the door making him a key asset for any side.

As the Villans plot to improve upon last term’s disappointing 14th place finish, having their own Neymar in their ranks would no doubt help to steer them into European contention.

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