17 Jul Switch information: Aston Villa’s summer time spending spree continues with €7m signing of Engels
The membership has now signed eight gamers forward of their return to the Premier League
Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of defender Bjorn Engels from Stade Reims because the membership continues its summer time spending spree.
Engels turns into Villa’s newest addition for a charge believed to be round £7 million ($9m).
Villa are set to return to the Premier League this upcoming season after attaining promotion from the Championship and have spent huge cash to make sure the team is able to compete and keep away from a fast relegation.
The membership has now spent practically £100 million to retool the squad forward of the return to the highest flight, with Engels the newest signing to be a part of that undertaking because the 24-year-old defender joins from Stade Reims.
The defender spent final marketing campaign on mortgage with the Ligue 1 membership, the place he made 33 appearances earlier than the French facet opted to set off a purchase order choice in Engels’ contract.
He’ll now head to Villa, although, as he strikes to his fourth team after beforehand enjoying for Membership Brugge in his native Belgium in addition to Greek facet Olympiacos.
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“Bjorn is a participant that I have been looking forward to the previous 18 months,” mentioned Villa boss Dean Smith.
“We’re very pleased to have secured his companies and stay up for working with him.”
Vila have spent extra money than another Premier League team this summer time after dropping a dozen gamers on the finish of the season.
The membership’s largest transfer got here within the type of Brazilian striker Wesley, who price €24 million (£22m/$27m) as Villa added the ahead from Membership Brugge.
Becoming a member of him are a lot of defensive choices, with Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa, Matt Targett and Kortney Hause additionally signing on with the membership.
The membership has additionally added wingers Jota and Anwar El Ghazi, whereas Manchester Metropolis’s Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz has agreed to a transfer as effectively, based on the the BBC.
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Villa secured their place within the Premier League by way of the promotion play-off, the place they topped Derby County within the finale to e-book their spot within the high flight.
They’re joined by Norwich and Sheffield United to finish the trio of Premier League newcomers.