Aston Villa have joined Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal in the race for Rangers full-back Borna Barisic, as reported by Football Insider.
The Lowdown: Aston Villa moving swiftly in the summer transfer window
Preparing the for 2021/22, the Villans have been one of the most active teams in English football as they aim to improve on a solid 11th Premier League finish last campaign.
Wasting no time in identifying potential recruits, the Midlands side now look set to turn their attention towards 28-year-old Barisic.
Would Barisic be a good signing for Aston Villa?
The Latest: Villa, Arsenal, Wolves and Leeds all keen on the Croatia international
In the market for a new left-sided defender, Aston Villa have registered an interest in the Rangers talisman alongside Arsenal and Wolves [Football Insider].
He is currently on international duty with Croatia at EURO 2020. The Clarets have begun to plan a potential detailed scouting mission throughout his involvement within the tournament, to assess his capabilities as a potential acquisition [Football Insider].
Leeds United are also said to be monitoring the former Osijek left-back as a potential Ezgjan Alioski replacement [GIVEMESPORT].
The Verdict: Barisic won’t come cheap for Aston Villa; his contract runs until 2024
As the transfer merry-go-round escalates, Aston Villa will be desperate to build a side capable of pushing on next season,.
Undoubtedly, the Croat would represent a solid addition to the Villa Park fold following a season in Glasgow where he registered 19 goal contributions; five goals and 14 assists [Transfermarkt].
With pre-season firmly around the corner, Aston Villa will be looking to conclude any transfer dealings as swiftly as possible.
Rangers are unlikely to let Barisic go inexpensively due to his contract not expiring until 2024, meaning Villa may have to stump up a considerable sum in order to secure his signature [Transfermarkt], but for a player who influences games like the Croatian, it could be a wise investment.
In other news, Gabriel Agbonlahor calls for Aston Villa to swoop for a 22-goal striker.
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