Aston Villa have made an offer of £ 16million in 2020 they could now sign the goal for free
Has Aston Villa already signed the best signing of the summer?
At Emi Buendia, Dean Smith arguably puts his gloves on the greatest footballer to set foot in the second tier of English football, a machine gun that creates chance and that inspired Norwich City to the league title, amassing 15 goals and even more assists.
The Buendia-Jack Grealish partnership is mouth-watering – Ollie Watkins could be forgiven for not winking until early August.
But while the small Argentina international may be worth every penny of his record-breaking Â£ 33million fee, reports from Scandinavia suggest Aston Villa has struck another deal that – financially at least – seems even more inspired.
Aston Villa could add King to multi-talented squad
As recently as September 2020, the Midlands giants launched a Â£ 16million bid for Josh King. Bournemouth refused, however, demanding more than Â£ 20million for the Norway international (Telegraph).
Nine months later, however, and Aston Villa could sign the same player for nothing (VG).
King is now a free agent after Everton decided not to extend his short stay at Goodison Park. And while the Manchester United youngster would arrive at Villa Park after failing to score in 11 games under Carlo Ancelotti, some context is needed.
Each of King’s 11 appearances came from the bench. And, when you spend an average of 12 minutes on the pitch per game, how can you expect to make a good impression?
Given that the 29-year-old is capable of playing anywhere on the frontline – in the middle or off – King would bring valuable versatility to Villa Park as well as an impressive Premier League record.
He scored 12 times in the top flight in 2018/19.
So, while King is unlikely to breach the column devoted to Buendia’s impending arrival, the signing of a proven Premier League goalscorer for free – less than a year after seeing an offer Â£ 16million denied – sounds like another club-inspired case that makes the transfer market a snap.
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