Aston Villa poised to complete Trezeguet move
Villa are poised to complete the signing of wing ace Trezeguet as midfield target Marvelous Nakamba remains on strike in an attempt to force through a move to the Midlands.
The 25-year-old has now been AWOL from Club Brugge for more than a week after setting his sights on a switch to Villa and the Premier League.
Villa are thought to have lodged a bid for the Zimbabwe international last month, though it fell below the Belgian club’s valuation, thought to be in excess of £10million.
Egypt international Trezeguet will join from Turkish club Kasimpasa in a deal worth an initial £8.75million, pushing Villa’s total summer spend close to the £100million mark.
Club staff are, meanwhile, assessing the fitness of winger Anwar El Ghazi ahead of tomorrow’s friendly at Walsall.
The 24-year-old was due to play in the second half of Sunday’s 1-0 win at Shrewsbury Town, before picking up a knock in the warm-up.
Goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic could feature against the Saddlers after Jed Steer played the full 90 minutes in Shropshire.
Villa’s players were straight back into training yesterday as they continue to build towards the Premier League opener at Tottenham on August 10.
Ahmed Elmohamady, an international team-mate of new arrival Trezeguet, is now back at Bodymoor Heath having been granted extra time off following the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Walsall match is Villa’s second match in four days, having previously spent a week training out in the USA.
“We had a hard week out in Minnesota, warm weather training, which was quite tough on the lungs,” said defender Kortney Hause.
“But that is what you expect in pre-season. It has been OK. Things are slowly getting there. We still have a few weeks until the first match of the season and it is all part of the preparation.”
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