Aston Villa favourite used as Federico Chiesa bargaining chip whilst Jaden Philogene discussed

Federico Chiesa of Juventus
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Aston Villa must figure out how to further strengthen Unai Emery's squad with plenty of room to manoeuvre in the transfer market.

So far, considerable time and effort has gone into placing the manager in the best possible position to build upon previous Villa successes and tackle an even more intense campaign. North of £70m has been spent on new recruits, now it can only be determined by the club whether and how that figure will be added to before September's deadline.

Whilst Emery and Co will have targets on their list, an element of ending the current window successfully will be by being reactionary to the activity of rivals - for example capitalise on cut-fee, low-risk players as and when they become available, or competing with rivals when necessary.

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With that said, Birmingham Live brings you the latest from Villa Park on this busy week of transfer news and gossip...

Aston Villa fan favourite lined up for Federico Chiesa swap

Aston Villa could miss out on the signing of Federico Chiesa as AS Roma look to strike a deal that would see a fan favourite around the West Midlands, Tammy Abraham, move in the opposite direction.

That is the latest word of Calcio Mercato, who say Roma are keen to organise a four-player exchange with their Serie A rivals, involving the duo. Chiesa is said to have been of interest to Villa, whilst Abraham has similarly been suggested to return to Villa Park this summer following his golden loan spell in 2018/19.

Juventus - who have definitively put Chiesa up for sale - seemingly want a swift resolution as they want to ensure they stand in the best possible position to sign a replacement. At the moment their priority target looks to be Manchester United cast away Jadon Sancho.

Birmingham Live says: Whilst any club can recognise when a bargain is on the table, a smarter club knows when to show restraint. Throwing cash at players who may have proven themselves at a high level isn't going to automatically mean Emery will get them competing with the very best the Champions League has to offer. Chiesa has been a good, versatile player for Italy and Juve but isn't one Villa need right now with investments already made to improve the club's wide attacking talent. An out-and-out striker, perhaps one with a different profile to Ollie Watkins, would be a better signing and to that end Tammy Abraham fits the bill, but is just too injury prone these days. If the club were serious amid his links he would have already been signed, so let these two Italian clubs go about their business.

Jaden Philogene return to Villa Park shot down

Jaden Philogene's future is a rapidly evolving story with the former Villa youth talent flirting with interest from other Premier League clubs.

Last year the 22-year-old made the decision to leave Villa Park in search of regular matches, arriving at Hull City where he ended the Championship campaign with 12 goals and six assists to his name. As a result recent reports have suggested Everton, Crystal Palace and newly-promoted Ipswich Town are chasing his signature.

Asked whether Villa should be concerned and therefore should look to march ahead of their rivals to re-sign the winger, broadcaster Dan Bardell told Villa News: "I think Villa are done with him. I really like him and he’s a good player and had a great season with Hull.

"Villa are in the Champions League now and have kind of accelerated away from him now. I think he would be better suited to someone like Everton or Ipswich to allow him to apply his trade in the Premier League.

"Even with the Barcelona links, I think he’ll definitely be playing in the Premier League next season but it won’t be with Villa I wouldn’t think."

Birmingham Live says: Philogene's talents will always be appreciated, yes, but like Bardell says that chapter has closed now. Villa can't dwell on the past with Champions League football to come, plus the wide attacking signings of Samuel Iling-Junior and Lewis Dobbin to look forward to. Similar to the Chiesa situation, those two can close the door on any more reinforcements required in that area of the field and instead Villa can divert their attentions elsewhere dependent on any problems spotted during pre-season.

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