Report: Aston Villa join Everton in the hunt for Lille striker Rafael Leao
Aston Villa are named as one of the clubs interested in Lille wonderkid Rafael Leao. According to Super Deporte, Aston Villa will battle several clubs across Europe in the race for Leao.
Everton are also in the hunt for the 20-year-old. The Toffees have held a long-term interest in the youngster and want him to provide a long-term solution to their striker problems.
Valencia are the other clubs interested in Leao. Maxi Gomez is their first choice option but they are considering other alternatives, including Leao. FC Porto also want the promising attacker.
Leao is already impressing in the French top-flight despite his young age. He only turned 20 last month but he scored eight Ligue 1 goals for Lille last season.
Prior to his move to France, Leao netted twice in five games for Sporting Lisbon’s first-team. He is considered to be one of the most highly-rated young strikers in Europe.
The Portugal youth international recently showcased his talent at the U20 World Cup, scoring once in three games as his country crashed out at the group stage.
Rafael Leao and Wesley Moraes: the ideal strikeforce?
Aston Villa have already signed Club Brugge striker Wesley Moraes this summer. The Brazilian is a marquee signing and could be an exciting addition for the Villans.
But Dean Smith clearly wants someone to compete with Wesley. With a deal for Tammy Abraham unlikely at this stage, Leao could be an inspired signing.
If Aston Villa can beat a number of clubs across Europe to the Portuguese starlet, that would be a statement of intent. And if he fulfils his potential, he could become a star at Villa Park.
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