By Phil Jennings
FIRM details of Villa’s move to sign Egypt winger Mahmoud Trezeguet are beginning to emerge – with the Douglas Luiz move from Manchester City also near completion.
Reports last weekend suggested Villa’s bid for the player had been accepted.
And on Friday, there were indications that the player was on his way to the UK to complete the deal.
Now The Telegraph has confirmed that Villa have agreed an £8.75million deal with Trezeguet’s Turkish club Kasimpasa – and the player will have his medical this week.
The newspaper also says Brazilian midfieler Luiz’s £15million deal is on course to be announced once work permit issues have been sorted.
It will take Villa’s summer spending well over the £100million mark and Dean Smith is still hoping to add a goalkeeper and a striker to his rebuilt squad.
But a report from Le10 Sports in France says that Villa could still facve a late challenge for the player from St Etienne – and the deal will not be confirmed until he puts pen to paper.
St Etienne will have cash to spare from the proposed £27million deal due to take William Saliba to Arsenal.
Trezeguet, 24, played alongside Villa wide man Ahmed Elmohamady at the Africa Cup of Nations and is also an Egypt team-mate of Liverpool forward Mo Salah. And Trezeguet beat Salah to be voted the best player in Egypt’s AFCON Group A.
Villa had originally been quoted a fee of £13.5million for Trezeguet amid reported interest from Everton and Sampdoria.
But Villa bosses appear to have been patient with the deal and stuck to their guns over the price.
Villa have signed eight players so far in Wesley Moraes, Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause, Bjorn Engels, Fred Guilbert, Anwar El Ghazi, Jota and Ezri Konsa. Keepers Jack Butland and Tom Heaton, along with striker Neal Maupay, are other targets,