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MetiNews.Com - Aston Villa transfer news: All the latest from Villa Park on Saturday August 1 as Dean Smith's side look to bolster their squad after staying in the Premier League
Breaking News ! Hello and welcome to Saturday's LIVE coverage of Aston Villa from BirminghamLive. We will be keeping you up to date with all the latest from Villa Park on Saturday, August 1, as Dean Smith 's side take a well-earned break following their Premier League survival mission. The players might be away but the club has been busy, appointing Johan Lange as the new sporting director this week following the departure of Jesus Garcia Pitarch earlier this week. Now work begins on beefing up Villa 's squad ahead of a second campaign back in the top flight that is due to start in around six weeks' time. And we shall bring you all the latest transfer news and views right here on our live blog today. Follow all the action below...Arsenal backed to secure statement Grealish movePlayer-turned-pundit Don Hutchison reckons Arsenal could make a statement by signing Grealish.More HERE. (Image: Andy Rain/Pool/AFP/Getty Images)Joseph ChapmanNew kit on the horizonAston Villa will finally unveil their new Kappa kit for the upcoming Premier League season which starts in just six weeks.The club are among just a select few to have not showcased next season's strip with the likes of Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea all donning their respective shirts on the final-day of the 2019/20 campaign.Villa, meanwhile, are in their second year with Kappa and have another 12 months on their contract which runs until the summer of 2022.READ: Get ready for the new threadsNew signing Tyrone Mings donning new home kit at Witton railway station, Aston (Image: Aston Villa FC)Joseph ChapmanLet the transfer fun beginDean Smith is due to meet up with newly-appointed sporting director Johan Lange in the coming days to prepare a revamp of Aston Villa's squad.Villa crawled over the relegation line by a single point last term - and that was despite the £140-million spend orchestrated by the man Lange replaced, Jesus Garcia Pitarch (Suso).Smith, meanwhile, has some crucial decisions to make regarding his crop of first-team talent and, this time around, will be hoping Villa's new Danish instigator can provide him with the goods to rocket the club up the Premier League table.READ: Four players Villa, Smith and Lange could targetEmiliano Buendia has been the shining light in a poor season for Norwich. (Photo by Molly Darlington/Pool via Getty Images)Joseph ChapmanFresh goalkeeper linkVilla have been linked with Swedish No.1 Robin Olsen, a goalkeeper well-known to the club's new sporting director Johan Lange.Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport have today outlined how the 30-year-old 'could become an objective for Aston Villa' following Lange's announcement at Villa Park earlier this week.Olsen spent two seasons at Copenhagen alongside Lange before he was sold off to Roma for £8.
.5 million in profit.READ: Fresh goalkeeper linkJoseph ChapmanVilla visionJohan Lange is Aston Villa's new sporting director.Lange has joined Villa from Danish side FC Copenhagen after six years in a similar role, where he delivered three League titles and three Danish cups.In an interview with Sky Sports earlier this year Lange discussed Copenhagen's transfer strategy."We have a lot of good examples to showcase," Lange said."That helps us with the recruitment. If we didn't show that we could sell players on, we wouldn't be able to bring in that talent. We have to sell players to be able to attract the next players."It has become a partnership between the player and the club."READ: Lange's Villa visionJoseph ChapmanPrice-tag revealedAston Villa will have to pay only a modest fee to sign John Swift from Reading, according to reports.Swift, 25, is reported to be a target for Villa in the summer transfer window having impressed in the Championship.According to the Reading Chronicle,Villa are among the sides weighing up a move for the midfielder, who scored six goals and provided 10 assists in the 2019/20 season.It was claimed Swift is seen as a potential replacement for Jack Grealish should the Villa captain move on amid interest from Manchester United.READ: Swift's price-tag revealedJoseph ChapmanGunning for GrealishArsenal are the latest club to be linked with Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.Grealish has been heavily linked with a move away from Villa in the summer transfer window.His future continues to take centre stage now that Villa have secured their Premier League safety, thanks in no small part to Grealish who scored eight goals and assisted six more in 36 top-flight appearances.READ: Arsenal join chase for JackJack Grealish has been linked with a move away from Aston Villa this summer (Image: Getty Images)Joseph ChapmanReina return?Villa reportedly want to bring goalkeeper Pepe Reina's back to the club after his loan spell from AC Milan.According to reports in Italy, the former Liverpool stopper has impressed Villa Park chiefs sufficiently enough for them to want him to stick around for next season.He was brought in from Serie A in January to replace Tom Heaton, who missed the rest of the season because of a serious knee injury and he could sit out the start of 2020-21 depending on how his recovery goes.READ: Villa want a Reina return (Image: Catherine Ivill/NMC Pool/PA Wire)Joseph ChapmanGood morning!Welcome to this Aston Villa transfer liveblog.We'll be bringing you updates on anything claret and blue throughout the day, so make sure you stay tuned!
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