Aston Villa consider formal bid for Real Betis attacker Luiz Henrique

Aston Villa weigh up £3bid for £44m-valued Luiz Henrique as Unai Emery targets attacking reinforcements, but the Brazilian forward claims he is happy at Real Betis just days after Nico Williams also turned down move

  • Aston Villa boss Unai Emery is desperate to sign a wide forward in January
  • Real Betis’ Luiz Henrique has been targeted after a move for Nico Williams failed
  • Former Everton and Watford winger Gerard Deulofeu is also being considered

Aston Villa are considering whether to submit a formal bid for Luiz Henrique after enquiring about the Real Betis attacker.

Boss Unai Emery is desperate to sign a wide forward during this transfer window and after Villa’s advances for Athletic Bilbao’s Nico Williams were rejected, they are scouring the market for alternatives.

Henrique was filmed on social media on Wednesday saying he was happy at Betis, who value the Brazilian at about £44million. The 22-year-old has three goals and five assists in all competitions this term but is regarded as a huge talent.

Aston Villa are considering whether to make a formal bid for Real Betis’ attacker Luiz Henrique 

Henrique was filmed on social media on Wednesday claiming he is happy at the LaLiga side

Villa dealt with Betis during this window when they signed left-back Alex Moreno for about £12m. Along with Moreno, Villa also signed Colombian forward Jhon Duran from Chicago Fire but the 19-year-old is considered a player for the future, and Emery remains keen to bring in players who can slot straight into his line-up.

Emery has also shown interest in Udinese’s Gerard Deulofeu this month as he looks for a player capable of fulfilling different roles across the forward line.

Unai Emery’s side had seen their advances for Athletic Bilbao’s Nico Williams rebuffed

 Udinese’s Gerard Deulofeu remains of interest to Aston Villa due to the forward’s versatility 

He has already allowed Danny Ings to join West Ham for £15m while permitting fringe players Frederic Guilbert and Morgan Sanson to depart, and cutting short Jan Bednarek’s loan from Southampton. It is also understood that Villa would listen to offers for former Arsenal defender Calum Chambers.

Having exited the FA Cup in humiliating fashion to League Two club Stevenage, Villa now have no game until they face Leicester at home in the Premier League on February 4. 

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