Aston Villa rival Chelsea in Maximilian Beier chase

Aston Villa have entered the race for Maximilian Beier and could challenge Chelsea for the young German striker.

According to Florian Plettenberg, Aston Villa are the latest team to show an interest in Maximilian Beier. Hoffenheim’s attacking prospect has been attracting the attention of top Premier League sides, including Chelsea, as things could ramp up after the Euros.

Aston Villa pursuing Maximilian Beier

As media reports continue to link Maximilian Beier with a big move away from Hoffenheim, his reputation has skyrocketed after Julian Nagelsmann selected him for his German national squad for the Euros. While an exit from the Bundesliga club is highly possible, things will only ramp up after the summer tournament.

Liverpool and Manchester United were early suitors, but the story is now revolving around other Premier League sides chasing Beier. As things stand, he has a €30 million release clause that interested parties will have to trigger, as Hoffenheim are not keen on letting him leave for anything lower.

Aston Villa are the latest team to join the chase, as Unai Emery is keen to strengthen his forward line. If one has to connect the dots, Aston Villa are likely looking at Beier as a replacement for Chelsea-linked Jhon Duran, as the Colombian’s exit will leave a void, which the €30 million-rated Bundesliga forward could fill.

Chelsea are also keen on Beier, although they are not prioritising a move for the German international as things stand. However, he is viewed as an alternative to Duran, which could intensify the chase of Beier should the Blues fail to land the Colombian this summer.

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Chelsea are close to signing Omari Kellyman from Aston Villa, which is not connected to the Duran pursuit. Emery is seemingly open to letting the Colombian depart for the right price, and the Blues have been following the striker since January.

Hence, the Beier interest makes sense, as Chelsea would ideally want Duran over the €30 million-rated attacking prospect. So Aston Villa are likely to prioritise a move for Beier, provided they manage to offload the Colombian sooner rather than later and then open discussions with Hoffenheim.

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