Guillem Balague tells Sky Sports what Aston Villa can expect from impending signing Carles Gil

Spanish midfielder Carles Gil could make a real impact at Villa Park, according to Guillem Balague.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports News HQ that Aston Villa could have a bargain signing on their hands in Valencia’s Carles Gil.

Villa are reported to be closing in on a £3.25 million move for Gil, with the Spanish midfielder said to have travelled to Birmingham to finalise the deal and complete a medical.

Aged 22, his name might not be familiar to most English football fans, but Balague believes manager Paul Lambert is about to make a wise investment on a promising talent, whose game is even comparable to Real Madrid star Isco’s.

“I believe he’s travelling [to Birmingham] today and it’s all confirmed,” Balague told the channel’s Morning View programme on Monday morning.

“The fee is between £3 million and £4 million. The buy-out clause is €8 million, but Valencia are happy to allow him to go for €5 million, and that allows them to spend money in the transfer window.

“In terms of what kind of player he is, he’s sort of like an Isco,” he continued. “He’s a short player, who plays wide a lot, but can play between the lines as a number 10 like he presumably will be for Aston Villa.

“He’s got a lot of quality. He’s pacey and worth that kind of money. However, he is the type of player who may take a while to adapt to the Premier League. Physically he may find it difficult.

“But, if he gets over that, then you’ve got a quality player to play for a long while.”

Gil has struggled to break into Valencia’s first-team this season, recording just one goal and one assist in 11 total appearances, but did impress in La Liga while on loan at Elche during the previous two campaigns.

With Villa desperate for a creative number 10 for some time now, the former Spain Under-21 international looks to be the exact kind of signing Lambert should be making, although, judging from Balague’s remarks, it might take a while before fans start to see the best of him.

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