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Aston Villa Want to ‘Move Fast’ to Sign £200,000-a-Week Star

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Aston Villa are seeking to get ahead of other interested parties by acting quickly to bring Gabri Veiga to Villa Park, as it has become evident that the Al-Ahli star wants to return to Europe during the upcoming summer transfer window, according to GIVEMESPORT sources.

The Spain under-21 international only took advantage of the riches on offer in the Saudi Pro League less than a year ago, when a £30 million transfer from La Liga club Celta Vigo was completed, but he is set to take on a new adventure when the 2024/25 season begins.

Villa are on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League after a late comeback to draw 3-3 with Liverpool earlier this week, and head coach Unai Emery is in internal talks with president of football operations Monchi about bringing in reinforcements in the coming weeks.

Villa Seeking Quick Negotiations over Veiga

According to GMS sources, Villa are aiming to have swift negotiations with Al-Ahli since they are aware that Veiga will be in high demand if he pushes for a summer move away from Saudi Arabia, and signs suggest that he is eager to achieve a quick return to Europe if an opportunity comes.

Although it is thought that the central midfielder’s current employers wish to keep him on their roster for next season, they will be compelled to consider sanctioning his departure from the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium if he insists on leaving the Middle East early.

According to GMS sources, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich have all been tracking Veiga over the last two years, but if he chooses to join Villa, he will compete with Youri Tielemans for a regular starting place.

Villa and La Liga heavyweights Atletico Madrid have already made contact in an attempt to gauge whether the 21-year-old would be interested in moving on, despite the fact that his Al-Ahli contract, which pays him nearly £200,000 per week, does not expire until the summer of 2026.

Veiga, who has four goals and as many assists in 18 games for Al-Ahli this season, would be a significant coup for Emery, and he has already demonstrated a willingness to try himself in the Premier League for the first time in his career.

Emery Facing Uphill Battle to Beat Atletico Madrid to Deal

According to GMS sources, Atletico Madrid believes they have an advantage in the hunt for Veiga’s signature at this early stage because the lure of returning to his birthplace outweighs his desire to move to the Premier League following his term in Saudi Arabia.

He came through the Celta Vigo ranks and went on to make 50 appearances in the Spanish top flight, scoring 15 goals, before being tempted to Al-Ahli during the summer transfer window last year, but Emery and Monchi are not giving up on luring him to the Midlands.

 

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