Photo by Serhat Cagdas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Aston Villa are keen to sign Attila Szalai and Turkish giants Fenerbahce would struggle to turn down a £13 million bid from the Premier League outfit, as reported by Sporx

After finally giving up on Emile Smith Rowe – Mikel Arteta slammed the door in Villa’s face when he said last week that ‘ESR’ would ‘100 per cent’ be staying at Arsenal – the Midland club appear to have reached a breakthrough in their pursuit of another highly-rated attacking talent. 

According to talkSPORT, Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey would welcome the chance to make a name for himself in claret-and-blue. 

The unbridled joy of being back at Celtic Park

BridTV
3654
The unbridled joy of being back at Celtic Park
830525
830525
center
UCqUPn73T2WxGyzCdtLe8m7g
67 Hail Hail (Youtube)
https://yt3.ggpht.com/ytc/AAUvwng3RIc-bAXurA5yt1Vj63uuVOBD1RQ9n6j_XKhD=s800-c-k-c0x00ffffff-no-rj
13872

Bailey, who scored 15 goals and provided a further 11 assists last season, has never hid his desire to play Premier League football and a winger renowned for his speed, skill and eye for the spectacular should slot into Dean Smith’s fleet-footed frontline with ease. 

But, while Aston Villa appear to be closing in on one of the most exciting talents in the Bundesliga, it seems they are also making progress in their pursuit of a commanding central defender. 

Are Aston Villa going to sign Leon Bailey and Attila Szalai?

Smith has his heart set on reinforcing a backline high on quality but low on quantity.

Bjorn Engels’ departure, plus Kortney Hause’s injury issues, have led Aston Villa to consider a man who caught the eye at Euro 2020 as Hungary made a mockery of their ‘whipping boys’ moniker, taking points of Germany and Portugal in the so-called ‘group of death’. 

Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Fenerbahce president Ali Koc insisted that Szalai will not be leaving for a penny less than £18 million recently.  

Sporx, however, believe that Fener would actually consider offers closer to £13 million, with Aston Villa expected to step up their interest in a 23-year-old powerhouse who has also been linked with Newcastle United, West Ham and Leicester City. 

According to Al Jazeera in January, Fenerbahce are over £400 million in debt and relied on a fundraising campaign in order to finance a deal for Mesut Ozil six months ago. 

Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

In other news, 'I feel sorry for our keepers': Some Aston Villa fans react to training footage of Ashley Young