Aston Villa have a few days to add further to Steven Gerrard’s squad – with plenty of talk centered on the situation in the defensive midfield.
Marvelous Nakamba’s injury and speculation about Douglas Luiz’s future have put the rumor mill in overdrive.
Villa have been linked with several candidates, including Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria, Brighton’s Yves Bissouma and recently Juventus’ Rodrigo Bentancur.
There is also talk that Arsenal want a couple of Villa players. This is the status of all transfer gossip.
Ligue 1 team Lyon are now said to be in talks with Juventus over a potential transfer to Rodrigo Bentancur.
Villa have reportedly seen their first bid rejected by the Italian giants as they try to bring the player to Villa Park before Monday’s deadline.
Now there could be another complication for Villa with Bruno Guimarães’ impending move to Newcastle leaving Lyon in search of a replacement. Reports suggest they have approached Bentancur.
Spurs are also said to be interested in the Uruguay national team.
It could force Villa into a bidding war over Bentancur
It is claimed that Villa are preparing another offer and Sky Sports Italy says the clubs are not that far apart.
On the positive side, Juve are looking for possible replacements, and The Guardian claims they are monitoring Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria and Cagliaris’ Nahitan Nández as potential replacements.
Coincidentally, Zakaria was also considered to be of interest to Villa earlier in this window.
If a deal for Bentacur cannot be reached, our man at Villa Ashley Preece reckons Glen Kamara is ‘most likely’.
According to the Daily Record, Rangers will have £ 15 million for Kamara – who is also reportedly attracting interest from Arsenal, where he started his professional career.
The club tracked down Kamara over the summer, and Gerrard’s appointment in November led to new reports of interest in the Finnish national team player.
Gerrard signed a contract with Kamara for Rangers in 2019, and the Villa boss has previously spoken passionately about the 26-year-old.
Manchester City star James McAtee is on the radar of a host of Premier League clubs and teams around Europe.
It has been reported that Villa have a strong interest in the midfielder, while Manchester United and Liverpool have also been credited with an interest.
The 19-year-old has been in fine form for City’s under-23 team this season and is also said to be on the radar of Steven Gerrard’s former club Rangers.
Football Scotland reports that Rangers have chosen to loan City’s highly rated teenager.
The report adds that Villa are seeking a permanent deal for McAtee.
City must decide whether McAtee will be allowed to join the Rangers over the weekend.
Pep Guardiola wants to keep him at the club, but is willing to send him out on loan if he joins a club with a similar philosophy.
And Giovanni van Bronckhorst is a close friend of the City boss, and Guardiola is a fan of his style, with the Rangers coach spending time working for City Group.
Now the Daily Mail says it’s between Rangers, Swansea City and Girona where McAtee goes and the close relationship could help the Ibrox team get him.
As reported by Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal have been interested in Luiz since December alongside Arthur.
However, they have yet to start talks with Villa, and as time runs out, they will have to act quickly if they want to persuade Gerrard to let him go.
Romano said: “Douglas Luiz situation. Still no negotiations opened between clubs – but Arsenal have his name on the list along with Arthur and another candidate since December. Keep an eye on him ‘
Arsenal have “discussed” the possibility of signing Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins in the final days of the transfer window, according to reports.
The Gunners have been targeting a striker throughout the January transfer window and were heavily linked with a switch to Fiorentina frontman Dusan Vlahovic, who has since joined Juventus.
Mikel Arteta is eager to add to his attacking options this month due to doubts about the future of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, after the Gabonese national team was stripped of the captaincy earlier in the season, and Eddie Nketiah, who has so far been linked with a switch to Villa.
As reported by ESPN, Villa striker Watkins is among the players who have been ‘discussed’ by Arsenal this month alongside Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen.
However, the report says the Gunners face an ‘uphill’ task of convincing any of the clubs to part with their players in the final days of the transfer window.