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Aston Villa in hunt for £40m Luiz Henrique

Villa are tracking Real Betis star Luiz Henrique as Unai Emery works to bolster his forward line.

Aston Villa manager Unai Emery
Aston Villa manager Unai Emery

The highly-rated 22-year-old Brazilian is understood to be on the club’s list of targets, though it would require a bid way in excess of £40million to prise him away.

Villa have already signed full-back Alex Moreno and teenage striker John Duran for a combined £28m this month, in addition to selling Danny Ings for £15m.

The club are willing to spend big before next week’s deadline but only if they can convince prime targets to join. Bringing in a forward on loan, to provide competition and cover for Ollie Watkins, remains a likely option.

Emery will be boosted by the return of Lucas Digne for the visit of Leicester on Saturday week. The left-back missed last weekend’s win at Southampton with a shoulder injury but is now back in training at Bodymoor Heath.

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