Aston Villa have been warned about losing CHELSEA linked Ollie Watkins in the January transfer window, as he would be tempted by a move to Stamford Bridge
The west Midlands club would ideally like to extend Watkins’ contract at Villa Park, which is set to expire in the summer of 2025 unless a new deal is signed over the coming years.
The forward is said to have a market value of just £60million, which could represent a bargain for us if the club manage to agree a deal at that price in the near future.
The club were widely tipped to push for the signing of a new centre-forward before the new Premier League campaign gets underway, having lacked an out and out striker for much of last season, but they failed to get any big deals done.
And Watkins, who has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most feared attackers in recent seasons and scored 16 goals in all competitions for Villa last time around, is a player that the Blues are reportedly interested in signing.
WHAT HAS BEEN SAID –
Reporter Iomie Stanley has said that Villa will “do well” to keep hold of the forward amid interest from one of the big clubs, as Watkins would be tempted by a move to Stamford Bridge.
He Said: “Strikers are always at such a premium, and especially a forward that has been impressing like Watkins.
“Some of the top clubs, whether Villa like or not, can poach those players. Ollie Watkins has a good head on his shoulders. He works hard for the team – and his ability in front in goal is up there with some of the best in the League.
‘If Chelsea actually make a move for the man and offer the £60 million that Villa currently value Watkins at – it will be very hard for him to turn down such a move.
‘Villa are on their way up – have a world class manager and have signed some big players – but CHELSEA are already one of the biggest clubs in the game.
‘They will not want to sell their star man – but Watkins will definitely be tempted by a move to Chelsea.’
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