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The long game: Aston Villa’s bid to compete in the WSL

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The recent winter transfer window closed with the major buzz coming in the form of Arsenal’s interest in Manchester United forward Alessia Russo. While the transfer didn’t go through in the end, it provided a glimpse of what to expect between the top clubs in England and abroad come the summer.

The January transfer window is notorious for top clubs finding stop-gap solutions or seizing any excellent opportunities that may arise. Only two years ago, Chelsea snapped up Sam Kerr when the opportunity presented itself given the National Women’s Soccer League calendar. Although in this window Chelsea and Manchester City didn’t do any major business, it’s widely understood that they’re waiting to do the bulk of their work in the summer window instead. 

Arsenal looked to address some of their issues by signing Kathrine Møller Kühl, Victoria Pelova and Sabrina D’Angelo while recalling Gio Queiroz from Everton. The aforementioned short-lived transfer saga for Russo threatened to create a storm but was ultimately extinguished well before it became a fully-fledged idea.

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