Report: Aston Villa now want to sign ‘new De Bruyne’ after Tottenham targeted swap deal

TURIN, ITALY - JANUARY 01: Dejan Kulusevski of Juventus during a training session on January 1, 2022 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Badolato - Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)
Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur face a battle for Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski with Aston Villa now thought to be in the race for his signature.

The Daily Mail claim that Kulusevski is on Villa’s list for a potential January move as Steven Gerrard eyes new signings.

Kuluseveski would be an ambitious signing for Villa, but a slightly curious one.

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Villa splashed the cash on another left-footed winger over the summer as Leon Bailey came in from Bayer Leverkusen.

Bailey hasn’t quite got going yet, and Villa still have Bertrand Traore too – another left-footed winger who wasn’t exactly cheap.

Adding Kulusevski too would be a little strange, but he is absolutely a huge talent.

Compared to Kevin De Bruyne, Kulusevski is strong and creative, often cutting inside from the right flank onto his left foot.

TURIN, ITALY - DECEMBER 05: Dejan Kulusevski of Juventus FC controls the ball during the Serie A match between Juventus and Genoa CFC at  on December 5, 2021 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Stefano Guidi/Getty Images)
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Villa’s interest may leave Tottenham a little worried given that they have been chasing the Swedish wide man.

Gazzetta Dello Sport reported just a matter of days ago that Tottenham were offering Giovani Lo Celso in a swap deal for Kulusevski.

Fabio Paratici seems set on luring Kulusevski to Tottenham but Villa can now throw a spanner in the works.

Steven Gerrard’s pulling power shouldn’t be underestimated, and Villa will be a real threat to Tottenham’s hopes.

ALLIANZ STADIUM, TORINO, ITALY - 2021/12/05: Dejan Kulusevski of Juventus Fc  looks on during the Serie A match between Juventus Fc and Genoa Cfc.  Juventus Fc wins 2-0 over Genoa Cfc. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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