January 19, 2024

In the last several days, Aston Villa has increased their transfer activity.


With offers made for Icelandic goalkeeper Hákon Rafn Valdimarsson and young Middlesbrough winger Morgan Rogers, as well as the Villans nearing a deal for Red Star Belgrade defender Kosta Nedeljkovic, it is evident that Unai Emery is committed to bolstering his team’s hopes of winning the Premier League in an unexpected manner this year.


Although the majority of attention is presently focused on possible additions, Villa has issued two official statements today on players who are already in the building. A player who is presently on loan may be leaving the team permanently in the summer, according to sources from overseas. Here are the most recent advancements.


Youngster receives new deal as reward

Tommi O’Reilly, captain of Villa’s under-21 team, has received a new contract.


The young player, who was born in Birmingham, was rewarded with new terms after making eight appearances for Villa’s under-21 team in Premier League 2, contributing seven assists and scoring twice.


O’Reilly has started four games for Emery’s senior team this season after starting just one as a second-half substitute in the team’s Europa Conference League match against HSK Zrinjski last month.


Mark Harrison, the manager of the academy, stated: “We are thrilled to see Tommi sign his new contract.” It’s a fantastic representation of his efforts and growth over the last few years, particularly considering that he has been enrolled with us since he was nine years old.


I express my gratitude to Tommi’s family and all the staff members who have contributed to his growth. We’re interested to follow his career development.


Goalkeeper goes on loan to a League Two team

It has been confirmed that young Villa goalie Filip Marschall will play for League Two MK Dons for the rest of the season.


To help him get some much-needed playing time, the 20-year-old, who has supported Emiliano Martinez for the most of the season thus far, will go on loan to the Dons.


Mike Williamson, who was just appointed manager of MK, signed Marschall twice as manager of non-league team Gateshead, so this is their third collaboration.


The keeper’s exit coincides with rumors that Villa has made approaches to Swedish team Elfsborg regarding Valdimarsson.


Marschall’s contract was completed, and MK Dons manager Williamson stated, “First of all, he’s a great guy to work with, and a very mature lad for such a young age.” When I first signed him, I was able to observe both his development and his potential. He has excellent character, is a strong presence, and is excellent with the ball at his feet.


He’ll be in charge, which fosters healthy rivalry within the team. We sincerely appreciate the financing from Aston Villa, and we aim to repay them with his further development.


£14 million misfit gets closer to leaving

It appears more likely than not that forgotten man Morgan Sanson’s loan move to OGC Nice will turn into a long-term agreement. That comes after the terms under which the midfielder’s relocation to the south of France would become permanent were laid out by the French daily L’Équipe.


They specify that in order for the 29-year-old’s 4 million euro purchase option to be activated, Nice must place eighth or higher in the standings and the player must start at least 17 Ligue 1 games. As of right now, Villa’s 2021 £14 million acquisition from Marseille has made 15 starts for Francesco Farioli’s team, who is presently ranked second in the top flight of France.


Sanson stated in a December speech, “Yes, of course (I want to stay).” The Nice Sporting Director, Florent Ghisolfi, has expressed his desire for my long-term involvement in the project. I think I’ll remain here for a while, even if there is a permanent option with very achievable clauses. I’ll exert every effort to make sure the option is activated.

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