Sources: Aston Villa working on three big-money signings, two deals in the bag
By Pete O’Rourke
Aston Villa are working on recruiting three new players for big money in the coming days as their summer signing blitz intensifies, Football Insider understands.
The Midlands giants are in the final stages of securing the captures of midfielder Douglas Luiz from Manchester City for £15million and winger Trezeguet from Turkish club Kasimpasa for £9million.
A Villa source has told Football Insider the two deals are in the bag and the club are hopeful of unveiling the pair at the start of next week.
But the Midlands giants’ mass overhaul will not end there, and they are working on taking the number of new recruits beyond 10 by also signing a proven goalkeeper.
Villa are in talks with Burnley about signing Tom Heaton, and have not been put off by their Premier League rivals’ £12million price tag.
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The club will not go anywhere near as high as £12million for the 33-year-old, who is out of contract in a year, but are set to significantly increase their opening offer of £4million to push the deal over the line.
Villa used five keepers last season, but Dean Smith has made up his mind that none are of the standard and experience needed to be a regular number one in the top flight.
The Midlands giants are expected to continue to push hard for Heaton after being priced out of a move for Stoke City keeper Jack Butland.
In other Aston Villa news, it can be REVEALED that one of the club’s attackers is in advanced talks to join Merseyside club.