Villa made their first offer for the English forward yesterday, but it was rejected outright by Middlesbrough, with the Championship club standing firm on their stance that the player will only be sold if their valuation is reached. The second offer has still not reached that number yet.
Rogers has been at the Riverside since the beginning of this season after signing from Manchester City. He has made 25 appearances so far in the league, scoring two goals and contributing a further five assists. His side currently sit 10th in the table, one point off the play-off spots, which will no doubt now be the aim.
Fabrizio Romano confirmed yesterday that the Boro forward is Unai Emery’s top target within the January transfer window. The player is open to a move to the Premier League club, but his current team are adamant they will not sell until the right fee is sent over.
The anticipation is that this will not be the last bid sent by the Villans, with the Telegraph journalist suggesting that the story is expected to “run and run”. The fee the Premier League club have offered remains undisclosed but the player does have a market value of £2.4 million according to Transfermarkt. Based on recent performances, that could be a under-evaluation, and the forward could go for significantly more.
Both clubs have done business with each other in the past, with a deal already being agreed between the two within this window. Boro signed Villa youth player Finn Azaz for an undisclosed fee, and have previously combined on the loan deals of Cameron Archer and Aaron Ramsey.
Manager Michael Carrick will understand that keeping hold of Rogers within this window will be difficult. The player has made his feelings clear in regards to his excitement at the switch to the Premier League, and the Championship club are now the only thing standing in his way.
Emery’s side currently sit third in the league and are looking to add some more depth to their squad to solidify their bid to finish within the Champions League places. They face pressure from the likes of Tottenham Hotspur below, who have already strengthened their squad with the signings of Timo Werner and Radu Dragusin in the last few weeks.
Rogers is certainly one for the future, but he could also be the right man straight away to give Villa that extra bit of quality off the bench in the second half of the season. The drop from their starting players to the bench is big at the moment, and the Middlesbrough player could help bridge that gap if a deal does get over the line before the window shuts.
Emery believes the forward is a key part of his plans by making him a priority to sign, and it’s now up to the clubs to try and reach an agreement.