Aston Villa close in on Europa League star as second summer addition


Aston Villa close in on Europa League star as second summer addition

Aston Villa are closing in on a move for Rangers defender Calvin Bassey, according to reports.

Bassey, who only joined the Scottish side in 2020, was a standout player in their penalty shoot-out defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final, as the 22-year-old has impressed during his second season at Ibrox.

And, having worked with Steven Gerrard before, and Aston Villa in need of cover for Lucas Digne, it is easy to see why the move may be one to profit all parties.

As per the Scottish Times, the midlands side are ‘ready to step up their pursuit’ of the defender, having been given ‘financial backing’ by the club’s owners.

Kamara and Coutinho through the door

Should Bassey arrive, he would be the third summer signing for the Villans, who are already looking to bounce back from a difficult first season in a post-Jack Grealish world.

Philippe Coutinho was made permanent in a deal worth around 20m euros, while highly rated defensive midfielder Boubacar Kamara will also join the club as a free agent.

Meanwhile, Gerrard’s side remain keen on Brighton’s Yves Bissouma, with the midfielder set to be available on the cheap due to having just one year left on his contract at the Amex Stadium.

It promises to be another summer of change in the midlands.

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