Aston Villa are gearing up for another summer of investment in the transfer window.
Owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have consistently backed head coach Dean Smith in the transfer market since completing their takeover of the club in 2018.
Villa are looking to improve a squad that finished last season in 11th place and completed their second signing of the summer yesterday with Ashley Young returning to the club on a free transfer.
The former England international put pen to paper on a one-year deal after helping Inter Milan win Serie A last season.
That followed the club-record arrival of Emi Buendia from Norwich City.
With more signings expected, here is a round-up of the latest news and speculation from in and around Villa Park:
Villa linked with shock Ramsey swoop
Villa are ‘on pole’ to sign Wales superstar Aaron Ramsey, according to reports in Italy.
Outlet Sportmediaset, via tuttomercatoweb, claim the midfielder is not part of Juventus’ plans for next season and will leave in the summer.
They claim Ramsey has already admitted that he wants to leave Turin, causing a tidal wave of speculation about his future.
Ramsey, who joined Juve from Arsenal on a free transfer in 2019, reportedly earns around £400,000-a-week in Italy, making him one of the best-paid players in Europe.
However, injuries and changes in the managerial hotseat meant Ramsey made just 22 league appearances last term as Juve finished fourth in Serie A.
Only last month Ramsey claimed his future remained in Turin but in a change of course, the midfielder now says he wants to play somewhere where he can ‘feel good again’.
Villa poised to sign Feeney
Villa look set to win the race to sign highly-rated England under-16 captain Josh Feeney from Fleetwood Town.
The 16-year-old had been poised to join Manchester United but BirminghamLive has been informed that Villa is Feeney’s preferred destination.
Feeney, an imposing, ball-playing centre-back, has been in talks with Villa over the last two days with the teenager visiting the club’s impressive Bodymoor Heath facility on Thursday afternoon.
Representatives of the Fleetwood youngster were particularly impressed after talks with Villa’s academy manager, Mark Harrison, with Feeney fully aware of Villa’s well-trodden path to Smith’s first-team with Jacob Ramsey, Jaden Philogene-Bidace and Carney Chukwuemeka all making their Premier League debuts last season.
Just last month, Wolves, Leicester City, Leeds United and Celtic were all touted with an interest in Feeney who, back in late April, early May, made Fleetwood Town’s bench on three occasions in League One at the age of just 15.
Villa’s academy has been revolutionised since owners Sawiris and Edens took charge of the club three summers ago in 2018.
Camara ‘on Villa’s radar’
Villa have ‘asked for information’ about Young Boys defender Mohamed Ali Camara, according to reports.
Sport Witness cite ‘a source’ as telling them both Villa and West Ham have expressed an interest in the 23-year-old.
The Guinea centre back has had a strong 2020/2021 campaign as a key part of the Young Boys side which won the Swiss League at a canter – his third league title since moving to the club in 2018.
This was the first one in which he has played a big part in though, making 39 appearances, scoring two goals and featuring in the Europa League and Champions League qualifying.
His contract was due to expire in 2022 but last month he signed a two year extension which sees him through to 2024.
Sport Witness say their source has told them the Swiss champions would allow him to move in exchange for a ‘convincing offer’.