According to journalist Gregg Evans, Aston Villa were close to signing midfielders Sander Berge and Donny Van de Beek back in the 2015/16 season, via The Athletic.
In his article talking about the two and their links to the club, via The Athletic, Evans writes that, “Sander Berge and Donny van de Beek were highlighted as teenagers with the potential to become future stars.”
This news comes after it was also reported earlier in the week that the club were close to signing two defenders, one being World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard and the other being Champions League winner Joe Gomez, a subject we looked at how the fans reacted to.
The two midfielders could well have been very impressive signings for the club. Indeed, Berge is only 22 years-old, via Transfermarkt, but already made 113 appearances for Genk in the Belgium League, before signing for fellow Premier League side Sheffield United in the January transfer window. Since, he has made four Premier League appearances, making on average 2.3 tackles per game, per WhoScored, only 0.1 less than Marvelous Nakamba.
Meanwhile, Donny Van De Beek already has a lot of great football experience already at the age of 22. In fact, the more attacking midfielder has featured for the Netherlands, whilst also reaching the Champions League semi-final with Ajax last season. This campaign, the Dutchman has scored eight goals in the Eredivise, assisting five, whilst averaging 1.8 key passes per game – more than anyone in Villa’s squad outside of Jack Grealish.
Clearly, Aston Villa should be disappointed that they missed the chance to sign these players given their current status, though it would not have been guaranteed that the two would have performed to their potential in a poor Villa side which ended up getting relegated from the Premier League in the 2015/16 campaign.
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