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Aston Villa are tearing up the newly promoted blueprint, and Bristol City looks set to benefit

Aston Villa is working to strike a deal with Bristol City to sign defender Adam Webster in a deal worth up to £25 million.

It was reported last week that The Villains made an opening offer of £12 million for the former Ipswich man. However, after Bristol City slapped a £30 million price tag on him, it’s expected that both sides will compromise and a deal will be settled at between 20 and 25 million.

Villa is no stranger to spending huge money, proving by them already signing Anwar El Ghazi, Matt Target and Jota, with Wesley also expected to sign for around £22 million. Dean Smith will be hoping to be reunited with loan hero Tyrone Mings, although Bournemouth will be demanding a fee of £25 million upwards. While Axel Tuanzebe is looking to fight his way into Man United’s side.

Webster was brilliant last season alongside Aden Flint, however, he’s still largely unproven. It’s a massive fee to pay for a player that’s never played in the Premier League. A brave signing. Smith could’ve opted to sign experienced, proven players, Craig Dawson for example. Instead, it looks like he’s identified his main targets, and he’ll trust them to fit into his system that he trusts and believes will be successful. Fair play.

I’m very interested to see how Villa do next season. They’re doing it differently to how most promoted usually approach it. Most sign ‘old heads’ that have been there and done it. Villa is going for youth, playing an attractive style. I’m expecting lots of goals at both ends, with the aim of scoring more than the opposition, similar to what Fulham tried last season, I think Villa will be better equipped in terms of players and manager.

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