Aston Villa must finally land Shakhtar Donetsk star Manor Solomon in the January transfer window amid comments from his agent.
What’s the story?
Reports back in the summer of 2020 suggested that Dean Smith’s side were one of a number of teams, including those in the Premier League like Arsenal, who were interested in signing the Israel international.
Now, according to AS Roma Live, Villa are still following Solomon ahead of a potential move, and his agent has now indicated that a transfer away from Shakhtar could be on the cards sooner rather than later.
He said: “Last summer Shakhtar refused any offer but it could only be a matter of time. I am confident that he can aspire to very high levels and that he can play in another city next year. We will see in January where the team will be. There will be opportunities being a market window.”
Another exciting signing for Villa
Having already snapped up the likes of Emi Buendia and Leon Bailey over the summer transfer window just gone by, landing Solomon would simply add to the vast amounts of talent Smith would have at the top end of the pitch.
The 22-year-old was in impressive form for Shakhtar last season, scoring 11 goals in 35 games in all competitions, including some very eye-catching performances in the Champions League.
He netted in both games against Real Madrid in the group stages as Donetsk shocked the European giants twice, and that points to a real big-game mentality that both Smith and Villa’s fans will love.
Described as someone with “real quality“, Solomon is a wing wizard, able to travel with the ball so quickly and commit opposition defences. The 22-year-old is direct and always looking to penetrate, much like Villa fans have already seen with Bailey, and he averaged 2.7 successful dribbles per game at an astonishing accuracy of 80% in the Champions League last year.
In fact, former Chelsea boss Avram Grant has even tipped him to enjoy a big future in the Premier League, saying: “Sure! There are no players like him who can easily dribble past players. He’s getting better all the time, he’s a professional guy.”
The £18m-rated flier could add yet another exciting attacking dimension to Villa’s side.