Aston Villa turn to Real Betis’ Luiz Henrique

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TOP STORY: Villa turn to Henrique after rejecting Williams

Aston Villa after turning their attention to the young Brazilian talent Luiz Henrique after failing to sign the Athletic Club striker Nico Williamsaccording to the Daily Mail.

The report says Villa were prepared to trigger Williams’ £45m release clause at the Bilbao club, which would have eclipsed the £34.6m fee paid for the 2021 transfer of winger Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City.

Williams has emerged as one of Europe’s top talents and impressed at the 2022 World Cup with Spain, but the 20-year-old is said to prefer to stay in La Liga for now.

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With that said, Villa manager Unai Emery is still looking for attacking reinforcements and has identified Henrique as a possible option. Henrique plays for Real Betis, and the report says he has a transfer value of around £20 million. The 22-year-old Brazilian signed for Betis last summer from Botafogo and has managed three goals, along with five assists in all competitions this season.

Villa’s recent surge in form under Emery has seen them drop out of the bottom three, but they are still keen to strengthen their forward options as they are just three points adrift of sixth-placed Brighton.

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