, Aston Villa interest in Spain-based striker – multi £m to stump up

Aston Villa interest in Spain-based striker – multi £m to stump up

According to various sources, including Birmingham Live, and following on from a tweet from Sport890 journalist Bambino Etchegoyen (below), Aston Villa are being credited with interest in 22-year-old striker Maxi Gomez.

Etchegoyen, quoting Defensor Sporting Club’s New Castillo, says the latter said: “I have been called from Spain aslo by Maxi Gomez, there would be interest from Valencia and Aston Villa in England.”

Villa’s interest will stem from a growing realisation that it is unlikely that Chelsea will allow Tammy Abraham out on loan again, what with them having a potential two-window transfer ban.

Abraham was a mainstay in the Villa team last season, featuring in 40 games across their successful Sky Bet Championship campaign that eventually led to their promotion to the Premier League. The red-hot Chelsea loanee struck 26 goals and provided three assists in that time, 25 of those goals coming in the league campaign.

Those goals, whilst not readily extrapolatable to the Premier League, are goals that will be hard to replace. In Celta Vigo’s Gomez, though, Villa might have just the player who could do that.

The 11-cap Uruguayan international moved to Celta Vigo, and European football, from his homeland with Defensor in July 2017, heading to Spain for a relatively low fee of €4million/£3.5million.

After 52 appearances (29 goals/12 assists) for Defensor, Gomez has gone on to make 75 appearances for Celta Vigo, scoring 31 goals and adding ten assists. 13 of those goals, and five of those assists, came in this season’s LaLiga competition.

Whilst Villa may be interested, the Express and Star warn that this interest will not be cheap should it lead to a firmed-up bid. They warn that “Celta Vigo would accept an offer of no less than £35m for his services.”

Eye-watering as that amount is, if it brings the goals and Premier League survival then it will be £35m well spent by the Villans.

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