By Danny Mills

21st Nov, 2020 | 8:00pm

'Deal done in January' - Exclusive: Aston Villa tipped for blockbuster signing by Mills

Aston Villa will try and complete the blockbuster permanent signing of Ross Barkley in January, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former England full-back claimed Villa will try and get a deal done early as Chelsea may up their asking price if he has a successful second half of the season.

Barkley has started all of Villa’s games since he secured a loan move from Chelsea and has already scored twice for his new side.

He has developed into a key player for Dean Smith but limped off after just five minutes in their 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

Asked by Football Insider why Barkley has been such a revelation at Villa Park, Mills said: “He’s been given a that licence to play and attack.

“One of the key things about that is it’s just given him that confidence. He probably believes that he’s gonna play week in week out which is so important for any player.

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“He’s a big fish at Aston Villa and some players like that and want to be the centre of attention, they want to be the main man and they thrive on that. At Chelsea, that wasn’t so much the case with all of the superstars in and around him.

“He’s played very, very well, he seems happy and I’m sure Villa, if they haven’t already, will approach him and say ‘If we can make it happen, would you want to come on a permanent basis?’

“Chelsea might put push the price up if he keeps doing well and that’s why they might want to get a deal done in January. If he goes on to a really good second half of the season that price is only going to go up.”

In other Aston Villa news, Gabriel Agbonlahor has slammed “unfair” Roy Keane after he savaged a Villa 27-year-old.