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A goal in 30; Aston Villa got lucky when the £20m deal collapsed

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When Norwich City confirmed the surprise signing of Milot Rashica last year, signing the Kosovan international following Werder Bremen’s relegation from the Bundesliga, Villa Park’s reaction was regretful.

“I wanted him so bad at Aston Villa,” wrote one dismayed supporter on Twitter. “But I guarantee he will be great for (Norwich) and also for less than £10m. Absolutely great transfer.”

12 months later, the mood around Rashica has changed. Less a missed opportunity, more a happy escape. Dodged a bullet, Neo style.

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For the second year in a row, Rashica’s campaign ended in relegation. Although he has his share of the blame after it emerged Norwich’s return to the Premier League was little more than a flying visit.

The winger recorded one goal and two assists in 30 games in his debut season at Carrow Road. Of course, things might have turned out very differently if Rashica had instead joined a vastly superior Aston Villa side, but the club’s decision to part ways with the former Vitesse Arnhem speedster after a summer of unrelenting speculation now feels like little more than a clean shave.

Milot Rashica is relegated with Norwich City

“There are several interested parties, Aston Villa is one of them,” said Werder’s sporting director Frank Baumann in September 2020.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa even triggered the £20million release clause in Rashica’s contract in the final weeks of the 2020 transfer window.

However, that was until Liverpool’s one-time target priced themselves out of a move to the Midlands by requesting a £75,000-a-week contract.

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While Aston Villa sits comfortably in mid-table while Norwich is thrown into the Championship like an early noughties children’s show contestant into a vat of poisonous gunge, it’s more Rashica – than Villa – perhaps wishing the clock could come to September be deferred in 2020.

“I’m disappointed in a lot of people,” Dean Smith, Villa’s executive manager, sighed as they eyed Rashica. after Norwich’s relegation was confirmed.

“Ultimately we weren’t good enough.”

That ‘we’ definitely includes a man who arrived for £9million, promising much but delivering little.

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