Aston Villa ready to bid big for Leeds United's £40m-rated talent

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Aston Villa are gearing up to make a significant bid for Leeds United's Dutch winger, Crysencio Summerville. The 22-year-old's stellar performances last season, which saw him net 21 goals and provide 10 assists in 49 appearances, have caught the eye of several top clubs during this summer's transfer window.

Leeds United have placed a firm £40 million price tag on their talented winger, a stance bolstered by their recent £40 million sale of academy prospect Archie Gray to Tottenham Hotspur. Unlike Gray, Summerville's contract lacks a release clause, giving Leeds a stronger hand in negotiations.

Aston Villa are not alone in their pursuit of Summerville. Liverpool, Crystal Palace, and Brighton have all shown interest in the young Dutchman. In a surprising twist, French champions Paris Saint-Germain have also entered the fray, looking to bolster their squad following Kylian Mbappe's high-profile transfer to Real Madrid.

Villa have been active in the transfer market this summer, securing several key signings as they prepare for their much-anticipated return to the Champions League. The West Midlands club has already brought in Ian Maatsen from Chelsea for £37.5 million, Lewis Dobbin from Everton, and Ross Barkley, who had a successful spell at Luton Town last season. Additionally, Villa have strengthened their squad with the acquisitions of Samuel Iling-Junior and Enzo Barrenechea from Juventus, partly funded by the £42.5 million sale of Douglas Luiz to the Serie A giants.

Despite Leeds' firm stance on Summerville's valuation, the player's ambition to showcase his talents in the Premier League could drive him to seek a move away from Elland Road. The reigning Championship Player of the Season is eager to test himself against the best in the top flight and might push for a transfer if a suitable offer comes through.

Aston Villa manager Unai Emery is determined to build a squad capable of competing on both domestic and European fronts next season. The Villains have also been linked with high-profile targets such as Joao Felix and Federico Chiesa, underscoring their ambition to make a significant impact upon their return to the Champions League for the first time since the 1980s.

It remains to be seen whether Aston Villa or any other suitor will meet Leeds United's £40 million asking price for Crysencio Summerville. The Dutch winger's desire to play in the Premier League could be a decisive factor in the coming weeks.