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Pundit explains why Jack Grealish is not a good fit for Arsenal

Date published: Friday 31st July 2020 10:10 Former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson thinks Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is “not established” enough to play for Arsenal. The 24-year-old made 33 Premier League appearances before Villa were relegated to the Championship back in 2016. But on their top-flight return, the playmaker Grealish has been one of the Premier League’s standout performers. He scored eight goals and added six assists in 36 appearances.He has been heavily linked with Manchester United over the past year, while Arsenal have now reportedly joined the chase. However, former England international Johnson does not think Grealish would be a good fit for Mikel Arteta’s men. “They’re going to need players who know th...
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Arsenal enter race for Jack Grealish amid Man Utd hesitation | teamtalk.com

Date published: Wednesday 29th July 2020 9:58 Arsenal have entered the race for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, but may be fighting a losing battle, according to reports. Grealish has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United recently, after helping keep Villa in the Premier League. The midfielder has been a standout player for his boyhood club in their first season back in the top flight. However, he has admitted he does not know if he will stay. United have identified him as a potential target to bolster their midfield. However, having secured survival, Villa are holding out for a large fee if they do let their captain leave. Reports recently indicated that the asking price was set at around £80m. And Sky S...
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Bournemouth ponder legal action after Premier League relegation

Date published: Tuesday 28th July 2020 11:33 Bournemouth have not ruled out a legal challenge over the failure to award a key goal against their relegation rivals Aston Villa. The Cherries have been relegated to the Championship after Villa finished the 2019-20 season just one point ahead of them. Villa secured a point in their first game of the restart at home to Sheffield United in a 0-0 draw on June 17. The Blades had a goal ruled out when Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland caught a free-kick and stepped back over the line carrying the ball with him. Goal-line technology providers Hawk-Eye issued an apology after the match, saying all seven cameras focused on the goal area had been “occluded” and that it was the first time in o...
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Aston Villa wield axe on sporting director after three transfer mistakes

Date published: Tuesday 28th July 2020 10:47 Aston Villa have confirmed they have axed Jesus Garcia Pitarch as their sporting director. PA news agency reported that Pitarch had left the club, while Sky Sports stated the 56-year-old had been “sacked”. The BBC claimed Pitarch’s “position was under scrutiny” after his recent record in the transfer market and continued a “difference of opinion” with chief executive Christian Purslow led to his departure. And now the club have confirmed Pitarch’s departure. An official club statement read: “The board would like to thank Suso for his hard work in restructuring the playing squad after the change of ownership in 2018, and for setting in place foundations for future success including ...
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Portuguese media claims Villa will axe Smith; appoint former Benfica boss

Date published: Monday 27th July 2020 1:49 Reports from Portugal are claiming that Aston Villa will sack Dean Smith and appoint former Benfica boss Bruno Lage. Newspaper A Bola claims to have confirmed Sport TV’s news which states that Lage is ‘very close’ to taking charge of the Premier League club.The report adds that an agreement between Villa and the 44-year-old did not depend on the outcome Premier League surival. Villa secured their place in the top-flight on the final day of the season Lage has some past experience in the Premier League and in the Championship. He acted as Carlos Carvalhal’s assistant at Swansea City and Sheffield Wednesday. Speculation has mounted over a return to England after Lage rejected the cha...
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Pundits disagree on whether Grealish will leave Villa amid Man Utd links

Date published: Monday 27th July 2020 1:24 Jack Grealish would find it more “enjoyable” to stay at Aston Villa, claims Paul Merson, but Darius Vassell thinks he must leave if he wants to prove himself in Europe. Grealish has been a standout player in Villa’s first season back in the Premier League. The midfielder scored eight goals – including one on the final day to help keep them up – and provided six assists from 36 appearances. His form has seen him linked heavily with a move to a bigger club. Manchester United reportedly have Grealish on their wishlist for the summer – and the 24-year-old has admitted he is “not sure” what the future holds. However, former Villa star Paul Merson thinks Grealish may be better suited to st...
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Roy Keane’s priceless reaction to Aston Villa’s final-day celebrations

Date published: Monday 27th July 2020 9:05 Roy Keane has criticised Aston Villa’s players for their “over the top” celebrations as they maintained their Premier League status on Sunday. Dean Smith’s men drew 1-1 at West Ham, but coupled with Watford’s defeat at Arsenal, meant Villa finished outside the bottom three. And afterwards the Sky cameras caught the Villa squad’s joyous celebrations in the changing room. Keane’s reaction though was priceless. He was seen shaking his head, with a look of dismay all over his face. The former Manchester United skipper also appeared to mutter “Jesus” as he saw the footage. Keane said on Sky Sports: “That’s why they never win anything. “Listen I’m delighted for Dean Smith, he made a good p...
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Sancho the top target as Man Utd transfer budget gives Solskjaer dilemma

Date published: Sunday 26th July 2020 2:47 Manchester United will give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer up to £150m to spend in the upcoming transfer window, according to reports. It’s set to be a key transfer window for United, who are looking to close the gap with rivals Manchester City and Liverpool. According to ESPN, United’s owners, the Glazer family, will be backing Solskjaer in the summer. The Red Devils boss will have between £100m and £150m to spend. That could be problematic, however, as signing their main target would take up most of that money. Jadon Sancho tops Solskjaer’s wishlist, but Borussia Dortmund will not let him go for less than £120m. In the current climate, United would be hesitant to spend a nine-figure sum on a...
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Rangers star agrees terms with Ligue 1 club despite Premier League links

Date published: Sunday 26th July 2020 12:35 Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is on the verge of leaving Ibrox after reports indicated he has agreed personal terms with Lille. Morelos has been a controversial character during his three years in Scotland, but his goal record cannot be questioned. With 77 goals from just 137 games, Rangers have been aware for some time that he may be ready to take a step up elsewhere. Despite reports suggesting he could move south of the border to a Premier League club, it now appears Morelos’ next adventure will be in France. Morelos had been on the radar of the likes of Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Leicester and Newcastle. But according to RMC Sport, the Colombian has agreed personal terms with...
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Ex-Liverpool man ‘open’ to joining Aston Villa – provided they survive

Date published: Saturday 25th July 2020 5:18 Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is ‘open’ to joining Aston Villa, as long as they avoid relegation from the Premier League.  Sturridge left Liverpool at the end of last season and eventually joined Turkish club Trabzonspor.He played 16 games and scored seven goals for the Super Lig side, but departed in March. He has since served a four-month suspension from football for breaching betting rules. But he is now available again and on the hunt for his next club. And Villa Park has emerged as a potential destination according to a report on the Daily Mail, cited on Birmingham Live. Sturridge spent time with Villa as a junior, while he also nearly joined last yea...
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Wolves, Aston Villa join race to sign €20m Bundesliga attacker

Date published: Thursday 23rd July 2020 4:49 Wolves and Aston Villa have reportedly joined the race to sign Werder Bremen winger Milot Rashica in the upcoming transfer window. The 24-year-old attacker has established himself as a top Bundesliga performer over recent seasons, and has previously been linked with Liverpool. That has led to several clubs in Germany showing an interest, including Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga giants continue to worry over Jadon Sancho’s future.But now German magazine Kicker claims that Wolves and Villa are also considering signing him. Wolves view Rashica as a player who would help develop their squad further, with another European campaign on the horizon. Villa’s interest, meanwhile, very m...
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Arsenal plan to scupper Man City in race for Premier League enforcer

Date published: Thursday 23rd July 2020 10:31 Arsenal have emerged as a contender to sign an Aston Villa midfield general, though Man City could have the final say. Central midfield has long been a concern for various managers at The Emirates.Mikel Arteta is no different, with Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira both rumoured to be departing this summer. The purse strings are expected to be tight for the Spaniard regarding incomings, however, while the latest regarding the contract situaition of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could tie up further funds. Arteta will therefore have to be shrewd in the market, leading to speculation of a swoop for Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz. 90min report that Arsenal are weighing up a move for t...