Football Insider sources report that Aston Villa is seeking £20 million for their 21-year-old striker Cameron Archer during this month’s transfer window.
Unai Emery is rumored to have approved Archer’s potential departure, and the player himself is eager for regular first-team football following a successful loan spell at Middlesbrough.
Sheffield United are eyeing Archer to bolster their attacking lineup after losing Illman Ndiaye to Marseille. Despite a £10 million bid from Sheffield United being rejected, Villa has raised their asking price for Archer after his impressive performances last season, contributing 11 goals and six assists in 20 Championship matches [SofaScore] for Middlesbrough under Michael Carrick’s management.
Since Unai Emery’s arrival, Archer, who signed a new five-year deal at Villa Park last year, has only seen seven minutes of senior action for Aston Villa. During his total of 13 senior appearances for the club, he has netted four goals [Transfermarkt].
The Blades could be forced into entering negotiations with Swansea City for their talisman Joël Piroe. United’s recruitment team has identified the Dutchman as a backup option in case they cannot strike up a deal with Villa for Archer.
Piroe has scored a total of 40 Championship games in the last two league campaigns for Swansea City [SofaScore].