Aston Villa only earned promotion back to the Premier League on Monday but have already been linked with a double swoop on Bournemouth.
Sky Sports report that Villa will look to buy Tyrone Mings from the Cherries, following a hugely successive half-season loan spell at Villa Park.
Meanwhile, the Irish Independent report that Villa are among the clubs looking to take midfielder Harry Arter from the Vitality Stadium.
Both reports make it plain that Eddie Howe is looking to reshape his squad this summer – which makes it clear that a deal is there to be done for the duo.
Villa already have a lot of the raw materials to survive in the Premier League. John McGinn, Jack Grealish and even Conor Hourihane should impress in the Premier League.
Adding Arter into that mix, with his blend of silk, steel and top flight experience would be a major boost – and Villa can be a side who scare a few rivals next term.
Mings had a transformative impact on Villa’s defence in 2019 and while he looks unlikely to be partnered by Axel Tuanzebe next time around, he is a defensive leader – and every side capable of keeping sides at bay in the Premier League needs one of those.
There is quality and experience in other areas and if Tammy Abraham’s goals can be replaced, there’s no reason why Villa can’t survive next season – comfortably, at that – with Mings and Arter through the door to kick off the summer.