Imagine him & Traore: Villa must secure the next Sanchez in “ice-cold” £23m speedster – opinion
Aston Villa appear to be doing bits this transfer window and they can round off an impressive-looking attack with one more addition…
What’s the word?
According to The Athletic’s Gregg Evans, the Midlands outfit remain in talks to sign Werder Bremen forward Milot Rashica with Dean Smith keen to add him to his ranks this summer.
Should Villa sign Milot Rashica for £23m?
Last week it was reported in Germany that the 24-year-old was open to a move to the Premier League and the club were now prepared to pay the €25m (£23m) asking price.
Villa have already broken their club-record to bring in Ollie Watkins from Brentford and are on the verge of signing former Chelsea winger Bertrand Traore from Lyon in a £19m deal.
You’d imagine this would very much signal Smith’s intentions to play skipper Jack Grealish through the middle as a front three of Rashica (left), Watkins (middle) and Traore (right) is enough to have you salivating from the mouth.
The west Midlanders struggled for goals across the board last season with pretty much everything coming through the Englishman – only Kevin De Bruyne created more chances last term.
Rashica bagged himself eight goals and five assists and averaged 2.6 shots, two dribbles, 1.4 key passes and one cross per game for the Bundesliga outfit, via WhoScored.
His playing style is very much akin to a prime Alexis Sanchez (when he used to be on it for Arsenal at least). According to Bundesliga.com, this is because of his “ice-cold” finishing and having “pace to burn.”
The Kosovan’s head coach, Florian Kohfeldt, claims that “he makes scoring look easy,” so almost overnight, Villa’s attack has become something that’ll strike fear into other teams in the division.
Smith is clearly trying to avoid another relegation dogfight and the addition of Rashica alongside Traore is quite the statement from Johan Lange and co.
AND in other news, Aston Villa eyeing move for Serie A colossus…
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, FootballFanCast.com reports