Ronnie Edwards, a defender for Peterborough, is now up for grabs, but Aston Villa will have competition, as Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge has confirmed to GIVEMESPORT.
Since making his professional debut at a young age, Edwards has amassed a tremendous amount of experience, and his performances for Peterborough have captured the attention of clubs all throughout England. The League One team is holding out for a fair price to let the defender leave, but they seem content that they will lose him soon.
Aston Villa have invested heavily in upgrading their squad over the last few years, especially with Unai Emery steering his side to battle towards the top of the Premier League, vying for European places. In order to prepare for the future, the Villans would now greatly benefit from signing the top young players on the continent.
Edwards’ departure from Peterborough was accepted despite Villa’s interest.
In response to questions about Edwards’ possible departure from the team during the January transfer window, Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson stated that it’s highly unlikely that he will go.
“We collaborate with Ronnie every day, so we know how brilliant he is, but other clubs need to see it too. Since no one fit our valuation, Ronnie was not able to go during the summer window, which is often the busiest. Therefore, it’s not a given that he will go.”
Although Villa has been mentioned as a team interested in signing the England youth international, West Ham United and Crystal Palace are probably going to put up a fight. Edwards’ manager has reportedly compared him to a “Rolls Royce,” and the Eagles have already had three bids for the player rejected; Peterborough is reportedly holding out for almost £10 million. Considering that his former club Barnet will receive 50% of any transfer, it should come as no surprise that the League One team is demanding a high price for their defender.
Although Villa has a wealth of alternatives in the back, Emery’s current crop of centre backs is all over 26 years old, so playing for the first team right away isn’t a given. The Midlands team will therefore need to make plans for the future, and ultimately, it would be wise to win the race in order to get Edwards’ signature.
Michael Bridge: Edwards is a target for Aston Villa
According to Bridge, Villa, Palace, and West Ham are the three teams who have been interested in the teenage defender. Peterborough, on the other hand, is reportedly seeking an upfront fee of £4.5 million plus add-ons to enable the player to depart. The League One team has made it clear that any interested party will be required to pay a significant cost, and they may have to wait until the summer, the Sky Sports correspondent continues. Bridge remarked in an interview with GIVEMESPORT…
“I just heard from Ronnie Edwards that three clubs are interested in him: Palace, West Ham and Aston Villa. They are aware that he is about to be called up by Lee Carsley for the England under-21 team. With large add-ons, Peterborough is aiming for an upfront payment of about £4.5 million. Now, I think it might rely on a couple things whether it means one of the clubs will go for him now or wait until the summer. There appears to be interest, but I believe Peterborough has made it quite apparent that a significant amount will be required if you want him. We know that West Ham, Palace and Villa have all taken a look at him, and the deal is for £4.5 million plus hefty add-ons.”
Villa is interested in a Brazilian talent.
Villa hopes to stay among England’s best teams, pushing for a spot in the Premier League’s higher echelons, and the Midlands club will keep adding players to meet their goals. Felipe Anderson, a forward for Lazio, is one player whom Emery and his hiring team may be considering, according to reports from Italy.
Fabrizio Romano, an Italian journalist, recently informed GIVEMESPORT that Anderson will not be leaving the Italian club during the January transfer window, which dealt a blow to Villa. The Brazilian’s contract ends in the summer, so Emery may make a move after that.