Sporting director Frank Baumann has admitted that Milot Rashica is increasingly likely to leave Werder Bremen, with Aston Villa planning a £16 million bid for the Bundesliga speed-machine, while speaking to BuliNews.
A transfer saga that has rumbled on all summer appears to have taken another sudden twist.
Not so long ago, Werder coach Florian Kohlfeldt suggested that Rashica was destined to spend another season at the Weser Stadion after the likes of RB Leipzig and AC Milan dropped their interest in this explosive little winger.
But, after smashing their transfer record for Ollie Watkins, BILD reports that Aston Villa are now hoping to make another big-money attacking signing.
The Premier League outfit will offer £16 million for Rashica – a player they been tracking since January.
“We have noticed that the transfer market is picking up, that there is more movement and that Milot obviously is an interesting player for many clubs,” former Germany international Baumann explains.
“He has attracted interest from a few interested parties, who deal with him very concretely. And the more money there is in circulation, the better the price for us.
“We have our ideas. It’s likely that Milot Rashica will leave us during the transfer window, but it’s not completely impossible that he will still be a Werder Bremen player after October 5.”
The report adds that Werder value Rashica at closer to £22 million, and the chances are that Villa will have to raise their bid for a man whose 15 goals and assists saved the 2004 Bundesliga champions from relegation last season.
Blessed with breakneck speed and a hammer of a shot, Rashica could form a fearsome front three with Watkins and Jack Grealish at Villa Park, while representing an immediate upgrade on Anwar El-Ghazi and Trezeguet.