According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa are looking to sign Moussa Marega after the Porto striker’s asking price was dropped to £26 million.
Merega’s buy-out clause stood at £35 million, but Porto have been forced to lower their demands due to Financial Fair Play concerns, leaving Steve Bruce’s side in a perfect position to swoop for the Mali international.
The 27-year-old would be an addition of intent for the Villains, and perhaps the marquee signing that the fans would expect, should they be promoted at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.
Steve Bruce’s side were unable to show off their financial power this season due also to Financial Fair Play rules.
However, if they beat Fulham in the play-off final, the claret and blues will be in a position to spend heavily over the summer.
3-year-old Albert Adomah has been a revelation at Villa Park this season, firing 15 goals as well as contributing six assists, leading the scoring efforts for Bruce’s side.
However, if the Midlands outfit were to secure promotion on Saturday they would need further additions to adequately equip themselves for the gruelling nature of the Premier League. Marega would help them do just that.
The French-born forward scored 22 goals in the Primeira Liga as Porto ended their five-year wait for a league title, and now it looks as though he is ready for his next challenge, with a transfer appearing imminent.
Porto need to sell, and Villa need to invest if they are to see themselves grow into the Premier League juggernauts they once were, so it could be a move that benefits both parties.
However, the report also suggests that Wolves are in the hunting for the forward and, considering their track-record of attracting Porto stars in the past, the Villains must act quickly if they are to grab themselves an assured European goalscorer.