The 4 Aston Villa summer transfer targets - and what they could bring to the club

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Reports in Spain have suggested Barcelona are delighted with the impact Philippe Coutinho has made during the early stages of his loan spell at Villa

The Brazilian playmaker scored on his debut against Manchester United and was influential in Wednesday night’s 3-3 draw at Leeds United after grabbing his second goal for Villa and providing two assists for Jacob Ramsey.

The report from Mundo Deportivo states Barcelona believe the form of Coutinho will persuade Villa to trigger the £34 million clause to make the move a permanent one.

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RISING TO THE CHALLENGE: Leeds United captain Luke Ayling, centre, looks to keep tabs on Aston Villa's Barcelona loanee Philippe Coutinho, right, during Wednesday night's 3-3 draw at Villa Park. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images.RISING TO THE CHALLENGE: Leeds United captain Luke Ayling, centre, looks to keep tabs on Aston Villa's Barcelona loanee Philippe Coutinho, right, during Wednesday night's 3-3 draw at Villa Park. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images.
RISING TO THE CHALLENGE: Leeds United captain Luke Ayling, centre, looks to keep tabs on Aston Villa's Barcelona loanee Philippe Coutinho, right, during Wednesday night's 3-3 draw at Villa Park. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images.

Experienced midfielder could make Villa switch

Aston Villa will compete with Premier League rivals Spurs, Ligue 1 side Marseille and Turkish giants Galatasaray for the signing of experienced midfielder Arturo Vidal.

The 131-times capped Chile international is in the final months of his current deal at Inter Milan and is expected to leave the Serie A club this summer.

The 35-year-old will be available on a free transfer and Calcio Mercato report that he is one of a number of options being considered by Villa boss Steven Gerrard.

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has held talks ahead of a potential move to Manchester United. (Various)Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has held talks ahead of a potential move to Manchester United. (Various)
Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has held talks ahead of a potential move to Manchester United. (Various) | Getty

Seagulls midfielder now Gerrard’s top summer target

Give Me Sport have revealed Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma is now Steven Gerrard’s main priory in the transfer market this summer.

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The Mali international was the subject of an unsuccessful £25million bid from Villa last month and journalist Pete O’Rourke has suggested Gerrard will return with another offer at the end of the season.

He stated the centre of midfielder was the main position where Gerrard wanted to strengthen and described Bissouma as his “top target”.

Had been away on AFCON duty but shined at Spurs and showed zero sign of fatigue.Had been away on AFCON duty but shined at Spurs and showed zero sign of fatigue.
Had been away on AFCON duty but shined at Spurs and showed zero sign of fatigue.

Ajax defender on Gerrard’s radar

Spanish outlet Fichajes have suggested Villa are one of a number of clubs monitoring Ajax defender Noussair Mazraoui.

The attacking full-back has attracted interest from Leeds United, Everton and Leicester City after scoring five goals in 17 Eredivisie appearances so far this season.

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The Moroccan international is rated at around £18million and has made over 125 appearances since establishing himself in the Ajax senior ranks four years ago.

Ajax have nurtured and produced a plethora of fantastic players recently and Mazraoui is no different. He is one of the most exciting full-backs in world football and could be available on a free transfer in summer.Ajax have nurtured and produced a plethora of fantastic players recently and Mazraoui is no different. He is one of the most exciting full-backs in world football and could be available on a free transfer in summer.
Ajax have nurtured and produced a plethora of fantastic players recently and Mazraoui is no different. He is one of the most exciting full-backs in world football and could be available on a free transfer in summer.

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