Mings and Luiz sold, plus shock £35m striker deal - Aston Villa summer transfers predicted by AI

Tyrone Mings
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The summer transfer window is a little over two weeks away from opening and there are already plenty of rumours swirling around Aston Villa as Unai Emery prepares his squad to tackle the elite of Europe next season.

Villa have the added concern of remoulding their squad while complying with the Premier League’s stringent player spending rules amid concern they may have to sell before they can buy.

With that in mind, BettingSites has used an AI tool to predict what transfers could happen this summer, both at home and abroad, and has come up with some juicy deals.

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Of course, like most things currently associated with artificial intelligence, it is best to take any pronouncements with a significant pinch of salt, but that is not to say it doesn't raise some interesting talking points.

As for Villa, the AI tool has flagged three possible deals - two outgoings and one incoming, one already flagged numerous times, the other two more leftfield.

So, what about waving goodbye to Douglas Luiz, the former Manchester City player long courted by Arsenal. The Premier League runners-up are arguably one of the few teams you’d think had enough to offer to lure him away from Unai Emery and Villa Park, but what about AC Milan? And for a meagre €25m? Surely not.

The other departure would be hugely unexpected, but might it make sense for Villa? The AI tool has club skipper Tyrone Mings making a summer flit to Marseille in Ligue 1, and for a fee of €20m. Mings is a hero of Villa’s promotion back to the Premier League, but has his time come? Last season’s ACL injury means Villa managed to flourish without his presence. So is Emery on the lookout for an upgrade in central defence with Champions League football in the offing. Could be.

As for the £35m striker predicted to be heading for Villa Park this summer, how about another hero of that promotion campaign under Dean Smith in Tammy Abraham?

There was a time when Villa fans were desperate to see the then-Chelsea man back at Villa Park after a hugely successful loan, but has his time passed?

Still only 26, his time with Roma in Italy looks to be over following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, but does he still have enough to cut it at an upwardly-mobile Villa? And would they part £35m for basically an Ollie Watkins understudy? Or does Emery see Abraham as offering him something different up front, a plan B attack compared to the Watkins’ plan A version?

As we said, it may all be transfer window madness, but nevertheless a valid talking point nonetheless. After all, it could be that in a few years, AI is responsible for all decisions around the recruitment of players. Now there’s a thought.

As Lee Astley, head of news at BettingSites says: "If AI has got it right and some of these predicted transfers actually happen, then we are in for an absolutely mental summer transfer window.”

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