Aston Villa are gearing up for another summer of investment in the transfer window.
Owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have consistently backed the head coach Dean Smith in the transfer market since completing their takeover of the club in 2018.
This summer is set to be no different with sporting director Johan Lange, backed by the financial might of Villas billionaire owners, targeting key additions for Smiths squad.
With that in mind, here is a round-up of the latest news and speculation from in and around Villa Park:
Abraham responds to Tuchel snub
Thomas Tuchel says Tammy Abraham is ‘worried’ and ‘angry’ about his Chelsea situation as speculation over the striker’s future continues to mount ahead of the summer transfer window.
Abraham is reportedly considering his future at Stamford Bridge having fallen down the pecking order after Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager in January.
Villa have been linked with a move for Abraham when the window reopens with the 23-year-old still having admirers at the club following his excellent loan spell in the 2018/19 season.
Villa are expected to target attacking reinforcements for Smith’s squad in the summer and Abraham remains a popular player with supporters.
The England international has not played for Chelsea since the middle of February and was left out of the squad entirely for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final victory against Manchester City.
Tuchel said: Everybody is concerned when they’re not in the squad but it’s never an easy decision for me to take.
I have a lot of sympathy for him and I can understand that he is worried and sad and maybe angry with me when I make these decisions.
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Guardiola addresses Man City’s buy-back option over Douglas
Pep Guardiola has said Man City will take a decision in the summer on whether to activate his side’s buy-back option hovering over Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz.
City had a two-year clause inserted into their £15 million transfer agreement with Villa back in August 2019 with that buy-back option now set to expire on June 5, 2021.
After City’s win over Villa last night, Guardiola was asked about Douglas’ rise at Villa Park and that very buy-back option City have in place.
He’s a guy who plays all of the minutes, Guardiola said. He’s an important player for Aston Villa. A guy who’s clever with the ball, so physically strong. He’s a lovely, lovely guy.
Unfortunately when he came a work permit meant he could not play but I’m happy he’s developed really, really well. Today, when he was involved in the game, defensively, offensively, he was good.
Quizzed on the possibility of taking Douglas back to the Etihad, the City boss replied: I have many things in my head in this five, six weeks! I’ve spoken a lot.
To be here, we have the final, we have the Premier League, Champions League semi-finals for the second time in our life, this club, we don’t want to be distracted. There are a lot of people in the club working about this type of player and, at the end of the season, we will take a decision.
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Tottenham chief Levy brutally trolled over failed Grealish move
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has been sent a new t-shirt which savagely trolls Spurs over their failed bid to sign Jack Grealish.
Spurs had wanted to sign the talismanic skipper back in 2018 when Villa were in the Championship and had opened the bidding at £3m plus Josh Onomah.
Tottenham eventually upped their bid to £25million as deadline day approached only for Villas owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens to dig their heels in and make sure he stayed put.
Jack Grealish (Image: Getty Images)
Tottenham fans have since watched Grealish go on to become one of the most incredible talents in European football and now clothing firm L2 company have sent Levy a t-shirt, which is available to buy, reminding him of his failure to land him three years ago.
In the colours of claret and blue, the T-shirt carries the words £3m & Josh Onomah.
And after Spurs withdrew from the European Super League, the company tweeted: We would like this opportunity to send Daniel Levy a gift.
Hes had a tough few days and we hope that this cheers him up. It always makes us laugh at Aston Villa. From us to you x.
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Villa fans look to transfer window after defeat
Villa fans have been reacting to Wednesday night’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League.
Villa stormed into the lead after 20 seconds when John McGinn turned home from Ollie Watkins’ cross.
Tyrone Mings had turned City defender John Stones with a fine pass from a free-kick and Watkins found McGinn, who finished coolly.
However City quickly turned the game on its head, Phil Foden and Rodri putting Pep Guardiola’s side ahead five minutes before half-time.
An action-packed first half saw John Stones sent off for a foul on Jacob Ramsey, with video assistant referee confirming that the former Everton man should be given a red card.
Villa were unable to find a way back into the game and their task was made harder when Matty Cash was sent off three minutes before the hour mark.
The result means Smith’s side have now won just once in seven games and, since Jack Grealish was ruled out of the 2-1 defeat to Leicester City on February 12, Villa have been victorious only twice.
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