Aston Villa Clear-Out Begins
With Aston Villa going to appear at the highest level of European Football next season they have decided to get rid of the deadwood to invest in the players that are deemed needed for next season's Champions League and Premier League assault.
Manager Paul McGrath is going to be busy over the summer with the congested fixture list about to get even mor econgrested but we ask, Who could leave and who will the transfer targets be this summer for Villa?
It is understood that no less than seven players could be shown the door but the guy that is hot property at the moment is centre back Alessio Ramognoli.
The 22 year old Italian was being monitored by the likes of Lazio, Arsenal and Real Madrid in the January transfer window but with interest now from Barcelona, Man City and Juventus coupled with the fact that manager Paul McGrath could use the funds to buy more players for the upcoming campaign in the Champions League but Villa will no doubt look to sell for no less than £30,000,000.
Luc Castaignos is another that could be on the way out of Villa Park. The Dutchman who won his first ever international cap while at Villa has found himself move down the pecking order with youngsters Luca Jovic and Alex Rowe ahead of him to replace Salomon Rondon IF he ever got injured or had a dip in form but it did not happen once. He could be allowed to leave for around £8,000,000.
Micah Richards is another player that could leave. He is wanted by both Fulham and Wigan for extra depth as they bid to improve on there performances this season and avoid the drop again. It is thought he will command a price of around £4,000,000.
Gabby Agbonlahor has been at Aston Villa for 17 years but has finally been told he will have to move on. There is interest from Burnley and Lyon in France and with McGrath willing to sell for around £1,500,000 it means value for money for the 4 capped England star.
Ross Barkley has been missed out on by The Villans because he chose to move to Manchester United for £18,000,000 (which could rise to £30,000,000) and Villa manager Paul McGrath decided that he should look elsewhere. Barkley himself said it was only the fact United were automatically in the Champions League that he chose them. Aston Villa actually offered me more money worth £55,000 a week but Man Utd are guaranteed to be in the Champions League so I took the lower offer to make sure I was in the Champions League.
The second player of 5 possible targets is Nicklas Sule. The Hoffenheim defender was instrumental in helping them to 10th place in the Bundersliga this season and it is not known if the German club would sell the 21 year old and would probably ask for around £20,000,000 for the defender.
It is thought that Villa might look to replace Luc Castaignos with a younger striker so the Monaco 20 year old Ricardo Zivkovic might be an option for manager Paul McGrath or maybe McGrath will go back to Spurs and bid for 23 year old Harry Kane. Zivkovic will cost a lot more than Kane but is also a lot more proven at the highest level, although he is not known for his goalscoring proess. Kane on the other hand would cast around £4,500,000 compared to Zivkovic costing around £18,500,000 and Harry Kane will always add a few goals too.
The final target for now is a Centre midfielder as Benteleb looks to be out of favour and possibly on his way out and that is 21 year old Brendan Galloway from Everton. The Englishman had a big breakthrough season at Everton last season which saw his stock rise immensely and it is understood that Villa WILL
bid around £15,000,000 for his services with Yohann Cabaye only having 2 or 3 seasons left in him.
Now that is only a snippit of what we at BT Sport think but be sure that Villa are probably looking into other targets soon but if anything happens you will hear it first here at BT Sport.