Even though Aston Villa were rather busy with their recruitment during the recent January transfer window, it seems as though the Midlands club may have already put themselves in the frame to sign one player in particular when the upcoming summer window opens for business.
After being mentioned with a move for Joe Aribo during the recent January transfer window, journalist Pete O’Rourke had this to say to GIVEMESPORT about the possibility of Villa making a move for the Rangers midfielder in the summer.
He said: “Villa, where Steven Gerrard obviously is, I’m sure would be ready to come in and sign the attacking midfielder, who might be available for as little as £10 million. And £10m doesn’t get you a lot these days, so to get someone like Joe Aribo, I think, would be good business.”
Since joining the Scottish club back in the summer of 2019 from Charlton Athletic on a free transfer, the 25-year-old has gone on to make 129 appearances across all competitions, racking up 24 goals and 22 assists along the way.
Having missed out on signing a midfielder last month after a deal for Rodrigo Bentancur couldn’t be worked out as well as having a bid for Yves Bissouma rejected, Gerrard would surely be over the moon to finally have a new midfield star in his squad, especially if it turns out to be Aribo.
Villa have shown in the past that they are comfortable with spending significant amounts of money to bring new players into the club in recent months such as Lucas Digne, Emi Buendia and Danny Ings, meaning securing the Rangers star for the fee of £10m that O’Rourke mentioned could be very worthwhile for the Villans.
However, having appeared in 38 games across all competitions so far this season for Rangers, it’s safe to say that the Nigeria international is a crucial player for the Scottish champions, who could therefore be somewhat reluctant to sell him in the summer.
Although, with his current contract set to expire in the summer of 2023, it could be Rangers’ best option to cash in on Aribo at the end of the season instead of running the risk of him leaving as a free agent a year later if he doesn’t sign a new deal there.