Gabby Agbonlahor has backed Unai Emery’s Aston Villa to secure a summer transfer for Harvey Barnes from Leicester City.
There is every chance that Leicester City suffer relegation to the Championship at the weekend, and if that’s the case, then Harvey Barnes’ transfer price might just drop.
For Agbonlahor, if the all-action winger were to move, then he added that he would be happy for Aston Villa to pay ‘£40 million’, as he told talkSPORT Breakfast (24/05/23 at 6:25 am).
Whether Villa secure Europe or not, Emery needs to boost his forward line and with players that can play the wide areas, more than the central spot which Ollie Watkins takes up.
Leon Bailey and Bertrand Traore need competition and someone like Barnes would provide that because he is a goal threat and his direct nature would work in the West Midlands.
When Agonlahor was told about Villa’s interest in the former West Brom loanee, he backed the idea, but didn’t agree that they should pay the reported ‘£50 million’.
“He’s a top player,” said Agonlahor in response to Aston Villa’s interest in Barnes.
On if he is worth £50 million: “I think £40 million is about right for him. But he’s a top player and Villa need a left-winger. Interesting.”
BARNES WOULD BE A VERY GOOD FIT AT ASTON VILLA
Despite the 25-year-old playing for a team that could be in the Championship by Sunday, Barnes himself has improved vast amounts this season.
He has a career-best 12 Premier League goals, and with Dean Smith’s side facing West Ham United on the final day, then he will need to bring some of that magic again if they are to do the unthinkable.