According to the Express & Star, Aston Villa will turn to super-agent Jorge Mendes to help with their recruitment this summer.
Mendes, who has played a key role in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ spending, is believed to have been drafted in by Villa’s new owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.
It is believed that the Portuguese is working on a number of deals, although head coach Steve Bruce will still have the final say on which players join the club.
Mendes has a number of famous clients, and amongst the players on his books is Watford centre-forward Andre Gray.
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Gray joined Watford from Burnley last summer, and scored five Premier League goals for the Hornets during the 2017-18 campaign.
The 27-year-old was not always in the starting XI, however, and some Villa supporters feel that their club could be on the verge of bringing the Englishman to Villa Park.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the Villa fans can be seen below:
Andre Gray…Mendes client? 🤔
— 🦁 LiaM 🦁 BinG 🦁 (@dustbing) July 30, 2018
If it’s Mendes it’s Andre Gray. Not totally unreasonable
— dave /\/ (@doc3d) July 30, 2018
— Cian Carroll (@CianByNature) July 30, 2018
Andre Gray. We all know Jorge Mendes is his agent
— Kev (@Kevavfc1993) July 30, 2018
Andre Gray 🤔
— Holte Ender L7 (@BJHodrien) July 30, 2018