Aston Villa have completed the signing of Barcelona starlet Adama Traore in a £7million deal, according to reports from the BBC.
Traore was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks, with the likes of Stoke City and Liverpool previously keen on his services.
And despite earlier reports revealing that the winger was taking a tour of the Stoke training facilities, Traore completed his Villa medical earlier in the week and has now signed a five-year deal with the Midlands club.
And his new manager Tim Sherwood is absolutely delighted with the acquisition, who he believes will play a major part in the upcoming season.
“He’s dynamic, very quick and a maverick-type player – you never know what he’s going to do next and I mean that as a compliment,” Sherwood said.
“He’s a huge asset for this club. He can hurt the opposition and I’m delighted to bring him here.
“He comes from a very good academy with Barcelona and I’ve known him a long time.
“He makes his mind up when he gets the ball and those players are rare – there aren’t many players in the Premier League that can do that.
“We’re getting him at the midway part of his development, he’s not the finished article by a long way but he can certainly help us out in the short-term and in the future.”
Traore rose through the ranks of the Barcelona youth system but was never able to consistently break into their first-team, spending most of his time in their B-team.
Aston Villa began their Premier League campaign with a good start, beating newly-promoted Bournemouth 1-0 ahead of their game against Manchester United this Friday.