Aston Villa may rue not signing long-term transfer target Milot Rashica after news emerged that he has signed for newly-promoted Norwich City.
The versatile forward was linked with a move to Villa Park last summer, with reports even suggesting that a deal was supposedly close. However, that failed to materialise before the end of the transfer window deadline, and Rashica ended up staying put with the Bundesliga side.
DeichStube then claimed that Villa hadn’t gone away in the chase to sign him, and that they will look very carefully at the 24-year-old’s form to see if a potential move in January could be struck.
And then, according to Football Insider, it was suggested that the Midlands club were preparing a fresh move for the forward this summer, adding that he “is on the club’s shortlist of potential wide forward signings going into the next transfer window”.
But Rashica will now no longer be playing in a Villa shirt, with Norwich confirming that they have signed him from Werder Bremen.
Florian Kohfeldt, Rashica’s manager at Bremen, has previously raved about the winger’s ability, saying: “He is a player who can decide Bundesliga games. You don’t find that very often. Milot has incredible skills. In speed, in goal scoring, in passing. These skills also fall on others. Rashica would fit well to England with his pace, but also with his style of play to Spain.”
Speaking on how Rashica would be an improvement on what Villa already have and how playing with someone like Grealish would help Rashica, Daniel Pinder, editor-in-chief at Get German Football News, told FFC: “He is a versatile player who can play anywhere across the front three as he has done for Werder Bremen, and I think he would be a huge upgrade on Trezeguet and El Ghazi.
“At a team like Villa where he would have the likes of Grealish and John McGinn, I think he could do well and excel.”
Given the fact the £8.1m-rated ace was linked with a move for Villa for so long, and has now instead joined a fellow Premier League side, Villa may rue the decision not to land Rashica.
For it to be such a long-running saga suggests Johan Lange was really keen on bringing him to Villa Park. And while they may have ended up signing Buendia, Rashica’s versatility means it really shouldn’t have been a case of either or.
It’s a move that Villa may feel they should have gone for. It may just go down as a howler from Lange.