Aston Villa could hand Arnaut Danjuma a second stab at the Premier League with the Netherlands international keen to leave Bournemouth before the transfer window slams shut, as reported by the Sun (20 July, page 51).
The Midland giants have already broken their transfer record to sign one Championship player this summer, investing £30 million to take Emi Buendia away from Norwich City.
With Bournemouth demanding even more for Danjuma, Villa have to repeat the trick if they are serious about beating the likes of West Ham United, Southampton and Villarreal to the signature of the £35 million-rated Dutchman.
Danjuma was perhaps Buendia’s closest rival for the 2020/21 Championship Player of the Year award – although Ivan Toney and Adam Armstrong may have something to say about that – his nimble footwork and ruthless finishing skills dragging an often underwhelming Bournemouth side into the play-off places.
And the former PSV Eindhoven and Club Brugge man has spoken openly about his future in recent weeks, suggesting that he would welcome the opportunity to play in the Premier League again after Bournemouth’s two-legged play-off defeat to Brentford in May.
Would Arnaut Danjuma leave Bournemouth for Aston Villa?
“I have never hidden the fact I am ambitious. If something good comes up, I will always consider it,” said Danjuma, who scored 17 goals and provided another eight assists during a dazzling second season on the South Coast.
“I want to play as high as possible. If I’m honest, I don’t see myself playing in the Championship for another year.
“In my view the Premier League is the best league in the world.”
Given the way Ollie Watkins and Matty Cash adapted to life at Aston Villa, the Midland club could be the ideal destination for a player whose free-flowing, forward-thinking style means he would suit Dean Smith’s approach down to the ground.
Interestingly, Danjuma is at his best in the wide-left role that the much-coveted Jack Grealish has made his own at Villa Park.