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It's been a busy summer for Aston Villa and that's set to continue, with Dean Smith's side expected to make a bid for one of the Premier League's hottest prospects in the next few days- Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones.
Despite enjoying a bright start to life at Anfield, which included a stunning winner against Everton in the FA Cup last January, the 20 year old has not appeared for The Reds so far this season and was left out of the match-day squad for yesterday's draw with Chelsea.
The Sun understands that Villa will bid around £15 million for the midfielder, who is said to be unhappy with his lack of playing time, especially in comparison to that of Harvey Elliot, another academy product who has been very impressive in recent matches.
This was expected to be a big season for Jones, who made 34 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool last season and was considered to be a natural successor to Georginio Wijnaldum, who left Merseyside this summer to join PSG.
The transfer could be a perfect fit for both parties, with Villa in desperate need of more midfield options. Unable to capture Arsenal's Emile Smith-Rowe or Southampton's James Ward-Prowse earlier in the transfer window, the Villains have been left with little options in the middle of the park, with 17 year old Carney Chukwuemeka and Ashley Young leading their midfield against Brentford at Villa Park yesterday.
First @premierleague start:grin:grateful and thankful for the opportunity and support. GOD IS GREAT:pray:looking forward to the international break:flag_black: pic.twitter.com/1slxb8EY5i
- Carney chukwuemeka (@Chukwuemekaa10) August 28, 2021
Whether Jurgen Klopp will be willing to let Jones go, however, is another question. In March, the German said the England U21 international had 'exceptional' potential and when asked about his midfield last week, he said Jones 'can make the next step' for The Reds moving forwards.
Jones certainly has a CV that Villa and many other clubs would find impressive.
He played enough games during the 2019-2020 season to claim a Premier League winners' medal and was also part of the Liverpool squad that won the Club World Cup in December 2019.
With less than two days left before the transfer deadline, expect to hear more about this skilful Scouser and his future throughout this Bank Holiday weekend.