Journalist Luke Hatfield has told Football FanCast that he would not be surprised if Aston Villa signed another attacking player before the transfer window closes amid speculation that Anwar El Ghazi could leave the club.
El Ghazi was on the scoresheet in Villa’s 2-0 win against Newcastle United over the weekend. However, according to Football Insider, the Midlands club are open to a sale should their valuation of the player be met.
Jose Mourinho, who has already raided the Premier League after bringing both Tammy Abraham and Rui Patricio to AS Roma, is said to be keen on El Ghazi.
Villa have already signed Danny Ings, Leon Bailey and Emiliano Buendia to strengthen their attack. Even so, should El Ghazi be sold, Hatfield expects the Villans to replace the Dutchman and bring in another attacker.
“If he was to leave, it wouldn’t surprise me if they did go in for another player,” the Express & Star reporter said. “But he’s not out of the plans by any means. I’m sure he’s a player Dean Smith values.”
El Ghazi has proven his worth to Villa since joining the club initially on loan back in 2018.
He helped them win promotion that season, while last term only Ollie Watkins (14) scored more Premier League goals than the former Lille man (10) for Villa (via WhoScored), so they probably should not be in any rush to get rid of him.