£50k-per-week striker who can jump higher than Cristiano Ronaldo is being pursued by Aston Villa.

£50k-per-week striker who can jump higher than Cristiano Ronaldo is being pursued by Aston Villa.

Manchester United Eyes Morocco's Youssef En-Nesyri

At Villa Park, Monchi has his eye on an ideal substitute for Ollie Watkins.

Aston Villa is expected to pursue a long-term Premier League target this summer in an attempt to bolster their roster in preparation for a Champions League comeback.

Ollie Watkins’s amazing campaign

It’s safe to say that Ollie Watkins has benefited once again from Unai Emery’s propensity to bring out the best in his strikers in the midlands. In the Premier League, the former Brentford star scored 19 goals and provided 13 assists in what was easily his finest season to date—all without being the team’s official penalty taker.

He signed a new deal in October, and while it seems doubtful that he would leave Villa Park this summer, teams like Arsenal and Liverpool are suddenly interested in signing him.

Ollie Watkins’ amazing Premier League season
Appearances 37
Goals 19
Assists 13
Minutes per goal contribution 100.5
Shots on target per 90 1.31
Key passes per 90 1.26
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However, it seems sense that Villa are looking for cover given the number of elite games that are scheduled for the upcoming season and the lack of guarantees that Watkins will be able to participate in almost every game for Emery’s team as he did this one.

Although Moussa Diaby has occasionally played there throughout his tenure at Villa Park, Jhon Duran, a promising prodigy, is now the only other recognized striker at the team. However, it’s obvious that a fresh look is required, and it looks like they may have discovered the ideal Watkins substitute.

Monchi desires a familiar face.
Youssef En-Nesyri, a striker for Sevilla who has been linked to a move to Manchester United in recent months and has been a long-term target for West Ham United, is now said to have piqued the Villans’ attention.

Youssef En-Nesyri Becomes Top Moroccan Goal-Scorer in La Liga History

With just 12 months remaining on his £50,000-per-week contract in the south of Spain, the Moroccan striker, who spearheaded his country’s passage to the final four of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, is out of a job.

Despite the fact that the 26-year-old scored 20 goals last season to keep his team out of the second division of Spain, Sevilla has decided to use the striker as a means of raising money this summer.

The Sporting Director, who is eager to work with a player he worked with while in Seville, is personally spearheading Villa’s interest in making a bid of about 25 million euros (£17 million) to capture his services.

According to the source, he is spearheading Aston Villa’s pursuit of En-Nesyri and seems to have prevailed, as the Midlands club is reportedly prepared to pay top dollar for the frontman.

He would undoubtedly provide Watkins with an alternative if he showed up, since the striker has been called “such a handful in the air” and has the numbers to prove it.

25 of his 88 goals at the club level have come from his head. In the most recent World Cup, he soared to a whopping 9 feet 1 in order to score his side’s winning goal against Portugal—a higher jump than Cristiano Ronaldo did for his iconic goal against Sampdoria while he was a player for Juventus.

With a strong European background and being in the prime of his career, he might be a wise addition to assist Watkins divide the strain.

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