Aston Villa could sign two highly-rated Dutchmen, according to reports, with Sil Swinkels and Melayro Bogarde potentially heading to England from Vitesse Arnhem and Hoffenheim respectively.
When the sweet scent of champagne fades from the halls of Bodymoor Heath, the Midland giants will get to work ensuring that another last-gasp escape from relegation is not required this time next year.
Aston Villa are expected to reinforce an already gifted squad regardless of whether the likes of Jack Grealish or John McGinn stay or go.
But with the Midland giants also looking to build one of the most feted academies in British football, they are not merely looking for players capable of strolling into Dean Smith’s starting XI.
18-year-old Bogarde made two Bundesliga appearances for Hoffenheim in 2019/20.
And, according to BILD, the 6ft centre-half is already a target for not only Aston Villa but also Borussia Dortmund and Ajax – two clubs with a remarkable track record when it comes to unearthing the next generation of superstars.
The nephew of Chelsea flop Winston, Bogarde turned down Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal in favour of a move to Germany last year (Tribal Football).
De Gelderlander, meanwhile, reports that Aston Villa are also on the verge of signing Swinkels from Eredivisie outfit Vitesse.
Another exciting young defender, the Dutch youth star will cost a small fee, though it remains to be seen how much Villa will part with for his signature.
Interestingly, the former European champions appear to have made a concerted effort to turn their academy into England’s answer to La Masia in recent months, nabbing highly-rated coach Mark Harrison from bitter rivals West Brom while paying Barcelona a staggering £3 million for 16-year-old Louie Barry.