Aston Villa transfer targets summer 2024: Villans seal shock £50m deal

Aston Villa are expected to have an eventful summer transfer window, as they balance strengthening for Champions League football with satisfying Premier League regulations.

The Villans finished in the top four for the first time in nearly 30 years, as Unai Emery guided the Birmingham side into the Champions League.

Villa will be able to attract a whole new level of player in Europe’s premier competition.

It is not all plain sailing, however. Villa invested heavily to get back among the heavyweights, with their wages to turnover ratio at a staggering 89% at the start of the window. 

They have already completed eight transfers, with more expected.

As such, they need to sell players before June 30th to meet the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR), despite Villa's disapproval of the regulations.

Aston Villa transfer targets summer 2024

Aston Villa transfer targets Current club Estimated fee*

🇧🇪 Amadou Onana




🇵🇹Pedro Goncalves


Sporting CP


🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Conor Gallagher




🇸🇦 Saud Abdulhamid




🇦🇷 Matias Soulé




Hot rumours

Amadou Onana will replace Douglas Luiz at Villa Park – Photo by Icon Sport

Amadou Onana

When murmurs started going around last month of an unnamed Champions League club having agreed a deal with Everton for Amadou Onana, most assumed it was Arsenal.

The Gunners had been linked with the Belgian midfielder for several months, but it has since emerged the club in question was actually Aston Villa.

An announcement seems imminent, with The Athletic reporting last week that all parts of a £50m deal were being finalised.

Onana is a physically dominant midfielder, but with a deceptively sophisticated touch. He will effectively replace Douglas Luiz, who has joined Juventus.

Pedro Gonçalves could elevate Villa's attack to new heights – Photo by Icon Sport

Pedro Gonçalves

Well-known in England for his stunning goal from the halfway line in the 2022/23 Europa League against Arsenal, Sporting's attacking genius Pedro Gonçalves is reportedly a target for Villa.

Gonçalves can play all across the attacking area, but has found a home operating in the pockets behind the striker in Ruben Amorim's 3-4-2-1 system.

The 26-year-old has an incredible record in Lisbon. He has scored 67 and assisted 42 in 149 appearances since moving in 2020.

Gonçalves is one of Europe's most consistently productive attackers, boasting 0.83 goals and assists per 90 since 2020/21.

The partnership he could form with Ollie Watkins is truly tantalising.

Sporting's asking price, according to Portuguese outlet A Bola is around £65m, but Villa will be confident of negotiating the Lisbon club down.

Matias Soule could join ex-teammate Enzo Barrenechea at Villa – Photo by Icon Sport

Matias Soulé

Villa have completed a complex players-plus-cash deal for Douglas Luiz with Juventus, in their efforts to meet PSR.

But the Villans' business with the Bianconeri may not be done there, with creative winger Matias Soulé being eyed.

The 21-year-old Argentine has been likened to Angel di Maria, who was a key player for Emery when the Villa boss managed PSG.

Soulé is valued highly by Juventus, however, so the Old Lady will be reluctant to let the young man leave.

Conor Gallagher

Villa could be set to make a double Chelsea swoop, with Conor Gallagher also a reported target.

The midfielder only has one year left on his contract, and with Chelsea also in need of a cash injection to meet PSR, the Blues are looking to sell the England international.

Gallagher’s high energy and versatility would also endear him to Emery. 

However, Gallagher, who is a Chelsea academy product and was captain for much of last season in the absence of Reece James, is reportedly unwilling to leave Stamford Bridge.

Saud Abdulhamid could replace Matty Cash – Photo by Icon Sport

Saud Abdulhamid

According to local outfit BirminghamLive, Villa are eying a move for Saudi Arabian right-back Saud Abdulhamid.

Villa have reportedly held talks with AC Milan over the potential sale of Matty Cash.

Abdulhamid is blessed with blistering pace, and frequently contributes in the final third, with four goals and three assists this season. 

The Al-Hilal man and Ezri Konsa would make for a pair of contrasting right-backs, giving Emery great tactical flexibility.

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