Villa Park anticipates major signings including Bilbao winger and Juventus wonderkid

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Aston Villa has thrown their hat into the ring in the battle to secure the signature of Athletic Bilbao's prodigious talent, Nico Williams. As the Villans gear up for a transformative summer transfer window, the 21-year-old Spanish international has emerged as a top target according to Spanish outlet AS.

Williams has taken the football world by storm this season, showcasing his electrifying pace, flair, and quick footwork. With an impressive tally of 6 goals and 14 assists in just 30 appearances across all competitions, it's no wonder that several Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and Tottenham, have taken notice of this rising star.

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Despite recently putting pen to paper on a new contract with Athletic Bilbao until 2027, which includes a release clause of around £47 million (€55 million), the fee is considered within reach for a club of Aston Villa's stature. As manager Unai Emery looks to bolster his squad for the 2024/25 season, the Villans are expected to be active players in the upcoming transfer window.

Athletic Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde has been effusive in his praise of Williams, highlighting the youngster's versatility and ability to excel in various tactical systems.

Valverde attributes this to Williams' blistering speed, dribbling prowess, and capability to operate effectively on both flanks. These qualities have undoubtedly contributed to the growing interest from Premier League clubs.

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Aston Villa's ambitions extend beyond the pursuit of Williams, as they target several other high-profile players to strengthen their squad. Securing the permanent signing of Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet, who has quickly become a key player under Emery during his loan spell at Villa Park, is a top priority. Barcelona are reportedly seeking a fee of €8-10 million for the 28-year-old Frenchman.

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The Villans are also keen on Rapid Bucharest striker Albion Rrahmani, who has been in scintillating form this season, finding the back of the net 15 times. While Villa face competition from Benfica for the 23-year-old Kosovo international's signature, they remain confident of luring him to the Premier League.

Another player on Aston Villa's radar is Juventus wonderkid Matias Soule, who has been turning heads during his loan spell at Frosinone. The 20-year-old Argentine winger has scored 10 goals and provided two assists this season, showcasing his immense potential.

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Villa and Newcastle United have been given a boost in their pursuit of Soule, as he has reportedly rejected lucrative offers from Saudi Arabian clubs, indicating his preference for a move to the Premier League.

As Aston Villa continue their push for Champions League qualification, the club's hierarchy is working diligently behind the scenes to secure their summer transfer targets.

The potential arrivals of Nico Williams, Clement Lenglet, Albion Rrahmani, and Matias Soule would undoubtedly elevate Villa's squad and provide Unai Emery with the tools to compete at the highest level in both domestic and European competitions.

The summer transfer window promises to be an exciting time for Aston Villa fans, as the club looks to build on the progress made under Emery's guidance. With a blend of young talent and experienced professionals, the Villans are poised to make a statement in the Premier League and beyond.