Having nearly signed Ismaila Sarr in the summer, recent claims from journalist Ed Aarons seem to suggest they could be prepared to reignite their interest.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, responding to a question about whether the Midlands side will scout him this winter, he said: ”Yeah, I would definitely say so. I know Crystal Palace have had a lot of interest in him, and obviously, Man United a couple of years ago tried to get him on loan on transfer deadline day.
“So, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is in the sights of other clubs, bigger clubs as well, eventually, if the price comes down.
“But maybe it’ll be a move to a smaller club in the Premier League first and then to a bigger club, but I honestly think that he’s good enough to play for one of the top clubs.”
Back in the summer, the Senegalese talent was valued at an eye-catching £25m.
At his previous club Villarreal, Unai Emery was well known for his shrewd recruitment and ability to really get the best out of his players.
This came when Villa themselves reportedly showed an interest in the Dutchman too.
It marked a great transfer success for the Yellow Submarine, who also stormed to an unlikely semi-final of Europe’s elite competition.
Now, with Sarr, Emery could repeat this feat with a winger that shares striking similarities.
Blessed with frightening pace, quick feet and an eye for goal, the two have both torn up the Championship on separate occasions.
His exploits have led teammate Kiko Femenia to succinctly sum him up by claiming: “Ismaila is very fast and has a lot of power.”
After 11 months of Steven Gerrard’s narrow formations and convoluted tactics for the wingers, Sarr would be a breath of fresh air as the speedster looks to return the side to a play style they excel in.
Aaron Danks needed to only afford the wingers some freedom to thrash Brentford 4-0.
Already boasting experience in the top flight, and having a proven track record of being a reliable goal threat, Emery could repeat his Danjuma masterclass at Villarreal with his first signing in the Midlands.