Aston Villa are speculated to prepare a potential bid for Burnley centre-back Ben Mee.
Villa boss Steven Gerrard wants to improve his backline next season.
This was reported by the Mirror. They even reported that West Ham and Everton remain in the hunt to sign the Clarets defender this summer.
The 32-year-old’s contract with Burnley expires next month. Moreover, he is set to leave the Clarets as a free transfer after spending 11 years at the club.
Gerrard has already become busy in the transfer market. Villa have already made four transfers and the transfer market has not officially opened yet.
One of them includes Diego Carlos from Sevilla. He is also a great centre-back and is set to add more stability to Villa’s backline.
Mee was praised to be ‘very strong’ by his former boss Sean Dyche. Therefore, he would be a top transfer for Gerrard this summer.
He has a great ability to read the game well and he is also robust in the air. His signing could show the way to one of the Villa defenders.
Gerrard plans to build a new-look defence this season. Therefore, signing Mee would perfectly fit his plans.
How important could Mee prove to be at Aston Villa?
Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa did not have an overwhelming season at the Midland this year. Moreover, Villa conceded 54 goals this season.
It could be understood that if Mee is signed he would not be there for the long haul. He is set to provide short-term solutions for a long-term problem of defence for Villa.
If this deal finally takes shape then either Konsa or Mings would have to take the axe. This measure is necessary to keep with Gerrard’s restructuring plans.
Villa needs a strong start to next season for Gerrard’s plans to fructify.
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