Aston Villa barge in on Belgian Juventus lined up for Prem-bound man

Date published: Friday 27th August 2021 1:05 - Dan Burnham

Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans and Romelu Lukaku chatting whilst playing for Belgium in 2021

Aston Villa have barged in on a Belgian international who Juventus have lined up as a replacement for one of their Prem-bound stars, it has been claimed.

Despite spending big bucks in the summer window, Villa are in profit thanks to the sale of Jack Grealish. They’ve added big singings Emiliano Buendia, Danny Ings and Leon Bailey, but still have money to spend. Though this man would not cause them to sink too deep into their pockets.

Earlier this week the Villains were credited with an interest in Weston McKennie, along with fellow English sides Everton, West Ham and Tottenham.

McKennie has been put up for sale by Juventus at the request of new manager Massimiliano Allegri, who is not a fan.

The Old Lady have lined up a replacement in case the sale of McKennie is completed.

They believe Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel would be an easy target compared to other options.

But in true transfer merry-go-round style, Villa have now been linked with Witsel.

Italian outlet Tuttosport have said Villa are ‘active’ on the 32-year-old. Juventus’ fellow Serie A side Roma are also mentioned in the same manner.

Witsel has one year left on his deal with Dortmund. As such, they are willing to let him go for a small fee as opposed to seeing him leave for free next year.

Axel Witsel rising for a header for Borussia Dortmund, August 2021

He would bring a wealth of experience to Dean Smith’s midfield. Since his international debut in 2008 he has been capped 114 times by his country.

Juventus reportedly admired him long before he made the move from Zenit in Russia to Germany three years ago.

He was apparently close to joining them in 2016. They now seem to have competition again for him in Villa and Roma.

Villa possibly active elsewhere

Meanwhile, Villa have been tipped to complete one more transfer before the summer window closes following an imminent departure.

Just as Villa have had a busy window bringing players in, they’ve equally been quite active in shipping players off.

The well documented departure of Grealish is one of six first team players who have left. And it is soon to be seven when Wesley is sent out on loan.

This could not be their final piece of business, though, according to Gabby Agbonlahor…

READ MORE: Aston Villa tipped for one more summer transfer after imminent departure

 

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