After Danny Ings’ move to Aston Villa, Liverpool’s route to a £29 million transfer may have been cleared.
The Reds may have been given a golden opportunity to strengthen their attacking ranks.
On Wednesday evening, Liverpool’s chances of completing a deal for Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins may have improved. As Dean Smith continues to bring in attacking reinforcements, Villa have confirmed the surprising signing of Southampton ace Danny Ings.
Ings has signed a three-year contract with Villa Park ahead of the 2021/22 season, for a fee of £30 million.
In the current transfer window, he joins Emiliano Buendia of Norwich City and Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen as exciting attacking additions.
After a successful season-long loan spell with Liverpool, the 29-year-old joined the Saints in 2019.
Despite his struggles at Anfield, where he only scored three goals, Ings may now be able to assist Liverpool in finding a new striker this summer.
Liverpool are interested in signing Watkins, according to Goal. Jurgen Klopp is looking for a new forward this summer.
Ings’ presence at Villa Park may have paved the way for the Reds to explore their interest in the striker, who is valued at approximately £29 million according to Transfermarkt.
Because Ings’ £30 million price tag is too high to spend on a back-up option, the England international is anticipated to start on a regular basis.
His pedigree would have led him to expect a prominent position in Dean Smith’s squad.
Where will Watkins fit unless he is moved to the left wing to replace Villa’s Manchester City-bound captain Jack Grealish?
Smith might well be experimenting with a two-striker system this season, pairing Ings and Watkins together.
Throughout preseason, the Villains have used their standard 4-2-3-1 configuration.
In his last four seasons at Villa and Brentford, Smith has only started with two forwards three times.
It would be strange to see a formation shift as soon as the new season begins, especially as Villa’s other forward additions appear to be constructed for 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3.
Liverpool may have to wait until additional sales are sanctioned and funds are raised before making a move for Watkins, but he is a viable alternative.
The Reds, who can offer Champions League football and a chance to win the Premier League, are unlikely to turn down the 25-year-old.
Villa’s willingness to lose both of their top players from last season in the same transfer window remains to be seen.