According to reliable Belgian outlet HLN, Aston Villa have now agreed a £22m deal to sign reported Newcastle United target Wesley Moraes.
It was confirmed recently that Rafa Benitez had ‘made contact’ with the striker over a potential move to St James’ Park, however the Chronicle did state yesterday that the total uncertainty surrounding the club meant we looked set to miss out on the striker. That said, it was Lazio who were tipped to sign Wesley – not top flight rivals Aston Villa.
What’s more, the Chronicle had described him as one of our ‘top targets’ this summer, even suggesting he would’ve been ‘excited’ to sign and play under Rafa Benitez after a 17-goal, 10-assist season with Club Brugge.
Less than 24 hours later and the ‘breaking news’ coming out of Belgium is that the’s all set to sign a five-year-deal at Villa Park in a move that would see the Brazilian become their record signing.
It’s also worth noting that this has been confirmed by reliable Belgian reporter Kristof Terreur, so it looks like this is more than just a rumour and actually all but done.
Considering Wesley may have been one of the strikers Rafa wanted to sign should we refuse to sanction a £16.5m move for Salomon Rondon, this could be seen as a real bitter blow – especially when Villa will be a rival of ours next season following their return to the top flight.
We’re in limbo and are now being beaten to signings by newly promoted Aston Villa. What a mess.