Aston Villa look set to take their summer spending beyond the £100m mark with the signing of Club Brugge midfielder, Marvelous Nakamba.
The Villans announced the completion of Douglas Luiz’s £15m move from Manchester City on Thursday, making him their 10th signing of the summer so far.
Five things to know about Aston Villa’s summer transfer business
- Villa have returned to the top flight after winning the Championship play-offs.
- However, the likes of Mile Jedinak, Glenn Whelan and Albert Adomah have left the club.
- The Midlanders have brought in 10 players so far, including Douglas Luiz and Wesley Moraes.
- That has taken Villa’s spending hurtling towards £100m which currently makes them the Premier League’s biggest spenders this summer
- Club Brugge midfielder Marvelous Nakamba looks set to be next and is due to have a medical.
But Dean Smith isn’t finished there, with Nakamba – who has been a target for the club since January – flying in for a medical at Villa Park to become their second signing from Brugge this summer after striker Wesley Moraes.
Villa’s level of business may seem excessive but given the club lost a number of players from their Championship Play-off-winning campaign – including Mile Jedinak, Glenn Whelan and Albert Adomah – it is required.
Smith’s assistant manager, Richard O’Kelly, recently said Villa’s main concern was attitude when targeting replacements for those dressing room stalwarts.
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“We’ve had an awful lot of targets to look at,” O’Kelly said. “There’s been work to be done, looking at players, making sure they’re OK.
“It’s the background checks and everything really that (make sure) we get the right personalities and characters into the group.
“I think we lost 14 players at the end of the season. Glenn Whelan, Mile Jedinak, Alan Hutton, Albert Adomah, the boys that were on loan and so on.
“They were all wonderful characters and all fitted into the dressing room, the ethos of it and the work ethic. They were a big part of it, so we have to replace those.”
But, worryingly for Villa fans, Nakamba’s deal seems to have quickly progressed as a result of the Zimbabwe international failing to report for pre-season duties with Club Brugge, with him going on strike to force through a transfer.