Aston Villa have joined Leeds United in the race to sign Liverpool forward Harry Wilson, who could cost around £20 million.
According to The Sun, Aston Villa have entered the race to sign Harry Wilson. The Liverpool starlet is willing to leave Anfield if it guarantees him regular game-time. He is also not seeking another loan move and prefers a permanent transfer in an attempt to settle down. And it has put Aston Villa on red alert, it seems.
The Villans are keen on adding more attacking options at their disposal after narrowly surviving relegation in the recently concluded Premier League campaign. However, they face stiff competition from Leeds United, in the pursuit of Wilson, who is valued around £20 million by Liverpool.
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith was initially looking to sign Brentford’s successful attacking duo of Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins. However, they are not happy with the club’s £55 million price-tag for the pair, with Benrahma, in particular, being valued at a whopping £30 million.
Wilson’s £20 million valuation, in that regard, has made him an appealing target for the Villans. The Welshman, unlike both Watkins and Benrahma, has also a fair amount of experience in the Premier League and has already shown that he is capable of scoring goals in the top-flight.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise as to why Wilson has attracted the interest of not only Aston Villa but also Leeds United.
Indeed, the Whites are desperate to sign the 23-year-old, who can add much more bite into their attack, especially following the permanent acquisition of Helder Costa while Jack Harrison’s loan spell from Manchester City was also extended. These three could offer Marcelo Bielsa with some valuable depth in the final third next season.
For Wilson himself, however, he is still hopeful of making a breakthrough at Liverpool. And although he missed the club’s pre-season training due to injury, he should be available to feature in the Community Shield.
It will be interesting to see how the Welshman performs, if given the chance, knowing a solid display should help him gain the trust of Jurgen Klopp, to an extent.
Having been linked with a move for Ismaila Sarr, the Reds are actively in search for reinforcements in the attacking department, meaning it could be an excellent opportunity for Wilson to make a name for himself at Anfield and become a part of the club’s first-team plans in the upcoming season.