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Ramsey for Lo Celso swap; West Ham want Duran; Chiesa; Yilmaz

Jacob Ramsey

2024/25 is shaping up to be an exciting season for Aston Villa, with a return to Champions League competition the reward for an incredible year under Unai Emery.

But before the Spaniard’s side get to strut their stuff on the pitch again, there’s the small matter of the transfer window to navigate.

Sure, Villa want to strengthen and build on the success of last season, but they’ve already had to compromise their plans somewhat to comply with the Premier League’s PSR spending rules – Douglas Luiz, Omari Kellyman and Tim Iroegbunam three players to have gone who might have been kept in an ideal world.

There could be more outgoings too, based on the latest gossip doing the rounds, as well as some potentially high-profile arrivals…

Jacob Ramsey

Jacob Ramsey is on the radar of Tottenham Hotspur / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Jacob Ramsey is one of the bright young stars to have emerged from Aston Villa’s academy in recent years, becoming a first-team regular during the 2020/21 season before going on to win the club’s Players’ Player of the Season award in 2021/22 and Young Player of the Season award two years in a row.

He was also a prominent member of the England Under-21 side that lifted the European Championship in 2023 – though his progress was stunted last season by a combination of Villa’s great form (forcing him into a substitute role more than he’d become accustomed to) and a toe injury that ruled him out for the final three months of the season.

Despite those setbacks, Ramsey’s box-to-box capabilities have attracted the attention of Tottenham Hotspur, with Sky Sports reporting that a bid that could involve sending Giovani Lo Celso to Villa Park is being considered.

The Argentine knows Unai Emery well from their time working together at Villarreal, though it remains to be seen whether Villa will actually allow Ramsey to talk to Spurs given his obvious potential and the need for a bigger squad capable of competing in the Champions League.

Jhon Duran

Jhon Duran has been regularly linked with a move away from Villa / Franco Arland/GettyImages

Jhon Duran has only been at Aston Villa for 18 months and has only played 49 times for the club in all competitions, yet that hasn’t stopped multiple exit links from surfacing.

First, Chelsea were sensationally linked with a move worth north of £35m, though no formal bid was ever lodged despite their need for a striker being increasingly apparent.

Now it’s the turn of West Ham United, who also need fresh blood to provide competition for the ageing…

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