Aston Villa could land a dream upgrade on Anwar El Ghazi in Flamengo star Giorgian De Arrascaeta.
With the Premier League season now over, Dean Smith’s side can now concentrate on the upcoming summer transfer window and how best to strengthen the squad ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
According to Uruguayan outlet Traspasos (via Sport Witness), Villa have made an enquiry about signing De Arrascaeta this summer, although it was revealed that so far there has only been initial contact and nothing more.
The 26-year-old has been in fine form for Flamengo since joining the club, with a user on Twitter putting a spotlight on the enormous success he has enjoyed out in Brazil by revealing: “Giorgian De Arrascaeta has won the Campeonato Carioca for the third season in a row, as Flamengo beat Fluminense in the state championship final last night. The Uruguay international has now won 9 trophies in 29 months at the club. That’s basically a trophy every 97 days.”
Writing for World Football Index, Tom Robinson described the 26-year-old as someone “blessed with excellent technique and vision”, and at Flamengo he has “quickly became a fan favourite with his mix of skill, invention and goal threat from midfield”.
In the Copa Libertadores, the South American version of the Champions League, the Uruguayan has been in scintillating form, scoring two goals and providing four assists, one of which came last Thursday.
If you compare his performances in that competition compared to what El Ghazi has produced in the Premier League, then it really is night and day.
As per Sofascore, the Uruguayan doubles the amount of key passes, has far more touches of the ball, makes more crosses, and is also more of a defensive presence too, winning more interceptions, tackles and duels per game in comparison to the Aston Villa man.
De Arrascaeta is proving that he is a player for the big occasion by shining in the Copa Libertadores, and his goal threat, creativity and hard work off the ball makes him a perfect upgrade on El Ghazi.