Aston Villa interested in signing new winger in January
Aston Villa are interested in former Everton and Watford star Gerard Deulofeu as they look to bolster their attacking options under new manager Unai Emery, 90min understands.
Emery replaced Steven Gerrard in November and is looking to drag Villa up the Premier League standings. He won his first two games in charge before the international break, only for that run to end with a 3-1 loss to Liverpool on Monday.
Among the positions Villa are keen to reinforce is out wide, and sources have confirmed to 90min that Deulofeu’s name has been mentioned as a possible target.
Emery worked with Deulofeu, who is currently on Udinese’s books, at Sevilla during the 2014/15 season. The winger was on loan from Barcelona that year and racked up three goals and ten assists across all competitions.
Since then, Emery has spoken positively about Deulofeu’s development and was full of praise for the winger when he was in charge of Arsenal.
Now 28, Deulofeu attracted interest from both AC Milan and Napoli last summer after racking up 13 goals in the 2012/22 Serie A season, with Udinese’s €20m price tag eventually fending off all interest.
Deulofeu’s impressive form has continued this year, with the Spaniard chipping in with two goals and six assists in 15 outings, and Villa are interested in a January move as he enters the final 18 months of his contract.
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Arsenal pre-season 2023/24: Fixtures and schedule
Having reached new heights in the Premier League in 2022/23, Arsenal will soon be beginning their preparations for the new campaign with a pre-season tour to get ready for 2023/24.
Preparations for last season took place in Germany for Arsenal but with the Covid-19 pandemic a bit more of a distant memory for many, it is expected that more teams will be heading further afield again to either the United States of America or Asia.
Arsenal are yet to announce a full training camp location for their pre-season but they do have one fixture already confirmed which drops a big clue.
The Gunners are going to be coming up against an MLS All-Star team in Washington D.C. which will be coached by Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney. That takes place on July 19 and it is hard to imagine that Arsenal will only play one game in America.
A semi-regular fixture of Arsenal’s pre-seasons in recent years has been the Emirates Cup, but there has not been any word on whether an edition of that will be taking place or not this summer. If there is, then Arsenal could be splitting their time between America and London.
All times BST.
As is the case for almost every big club in football now, all of Arsenal’s pre-season friendlies are expected to be televised live on Arsenal.com and their official app with a subscription.
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