FIVE In, FOUR Out At Villa Park
Paul McGrath promised fans there would be a shake up in the Aston Villa squad this summer and he was not lying as two wingers and one striker has been shown the door and a mind boggling £56,000,000 spent on one of the replacements. Fans have been calling for the club to change there policy on buying players for a while and it looks like McGrath has listened well
So lets start with the players out and there is a lot to talk about for The Villans.
Kevin Volland To Barcelona For £23,500,000
In a move that shocked most Villa fans, McGrath decided that he did not want Kevin Volland anymore and Spanish giants Barcelona were first to act as they bid £23,500,000 to take him off Aston Villa's hands. Fans were shocked to see him go but McGrath had warned that some established players would be leaving. Volland, who made 78 appearances over three seasons, scored 20 goals and chipped in with 19 assists and will surely be missed.
Dorin Rotariu To Monaco For £20,000,000
year old Romanian wide midfielder Dorin Rotariu has also departed from Villa Park in a deal that will eventually rise to £20,000,000. The midfielder, who cost just £5,000,000 three seasons ago, played 60 times in three seasons but was deemed not needed in Paul McGrath's reshuffle at Villa Park.
He moves to France to play for French runners up Monaco, who see him as the man that can propel the club back to the French Ligue 1 title.
Andi Weimann To Stoke For £4,000,000
Andi Weimann was meant to be the next big thing
at Aston Villa but ultimately he just did not fit into the plans of Aston Villa manager Paul McGrath. The attacker had been at Aston Villa for ten years but in the last 5 years, had hardly played at all but with moving the Stoke, he will get game time.
Daniel Sturridge To Inter Milan For £24,000,000
In a shock transfer, Daniel Sturridge has been sold to Inter Milan for £24,000,000. Inter, who had an extremely poor season last season, finishing down in 8th
place in Serie A last season. Sturridge, who could not get into the first team at Villa Park because of the red hot form of Salomon Rondon last season, which meant he wanted to leave and the thought of going abroad to try and revive a club as big as Inter Milan has given him a challenge.
Dele Alli From Fulham For £15,000,000
became Aston Villa's second signing of the summer after the signing of Alex Sandro
. He signs from Fulham for a £15,000,000 fee and signals the rise of the twenty two year old. Alli, who signed for Fulham for £3,400,000 just two season's ago and with Fulham, he became a full English international and a regular at that, claiming 16 caps already with one goal. He will provide competition for the central midfielder role and he can not wait to play in the Champions League.
To be at a club like Villa is a dream come true. I am going to give my all and prove I have what it takes to be a great player at this great club.
Ryan Gauld From Sporting For £18,250,000
Scottish attacking midfielder Ryan Gauld
has signed a five year deal
to join The Villans. He spent four seasons in portugal and got player of the year for the club in the process. Although this seems like an expensive transfer, Gauld will be the automatic replacement for Monaco bound Dorin Rotariu
and he is looking to the challenge of playing in England.
It is something I have always wanted to do
said the 22 year old Scottish International. When a club like Villa come in for you and the club you are at say that you are no longer needed, you go for it. I can not wait to show the fans what I can offer.
Timo Werner From Stuttgart For £31,500,000
With the revelation that Paul McGrath is planning a two prong attack next season he decided to shell out a massive £31,500,000
to buy German striker Timo Werner from Stuttgart. The Striker who was also being couted by Real Madrid, Manchester United and Manchester City chose Villa because they proved they wanted him more than the rest. The striker has signed a five year £130,000 a week contract
and it looks as though he will be partnered
with Rondon next season.
Kevin de Bruyne From Barcelona For £56,000,000
Aston Villa smashed there transfer record to sign Belgian Kevin de Bruyne. The attacking midfielder, who only moved to Barcelona last season was said to miss the Premier League and after the season he had playing for Los Chules that Villa had to really break the bank to get there number 1 target and he will come in to replace Kevin Volland. De Bruyne, who had a average rating of 8.45
last season is surely going to be a massive hit this season and we look forward to see if he can live upto that pricetag.