At least five first-team player sales are still expected to happen at Aston Villa as Steven Gerrard continues to shape-and streamline-his squad ahead of the new season. The head coach has strengthened the spine of his team to bring in Diego Carlos and Boubacar Kamara, while Robin Olsen and Philippe Coutinho made their loans permanent last month.
Attention has, for the time being, shifted to securing deals away for those no longer required at Villa Park. Matt Targett was the first to leave last month as he joined Newcastle for £13million. Conor Hourihane’s time was called as well as he departed on a free, while Aston Villa remain hopeful Ashley Young will sign a new one-year contract.
To hopeful player sales, here’s a run through of what’s still to happen as sporting director johan lange works overtime to get deals over the line in a bid to strengthen Gerrard’s transfer kitty with three more deals – at left-back, midfield and up front – still in the offing.
The Egyptian winger is seemingly close to joining Turkish champions Trabzonspor in a deal worth £3million. Trezeguet, 27, cost Villa £9million from Kasimpasa in 2019 and, that season, scored three goals in Villa’s final four games to retain the club’s Premier League status. Trezeguet has just one year left on his current contract and Villa will bank around £3million from his expected out of it.
Anwar El Ghazi (£5m)
The Dutchman had a torrid time of it on loan at Everton last term and amassed just 11 minutes of action following his move in January. El Ghazi still holds a little bit of value given he managed to score 10 Premier League goals the season before last. Villa originally paid £8million for him in 2019. Like Trezeguet, El Ghazi’s deal at Villa Park is up in June 2023 and it’s understood Villa are hopeful of striking a deal of around £5million with potential suitors.
Frederic Guilbert (£4m)
‘I’m back, yes. For how long, I don’t know!’ was Guilbert’s playful reply to an Aston Villa supporter via Instagram this week when he was asked if he was due back at Villa this summer. The Frenchman enjoyed another successful spell in Ligue 1 with Strasbourg last term helping them to a sixth-place finish. However, Gerrard is an admirer of Kaine Kesler Hayden and it’s understood that the 19-year-old will be second fiddle to Matty Cash at right-back next term should he impress over pre-season Down Under. As for Guilbert, Villa will be hopeful of recouping around £4million which is what they paid SM Caen for him back in 2019.
Lovre Kalinic (£1m)
Another player with just 12 months left on his contract, Kalinic’s loan spell at Hadjuk Split – where he was captain – has since concluded. Villa paid £5.4million for the stopper in January 2019 but can barely expect anything over £1million for him when a sale is agreed this summer.
Keinan Davis (£8m)
Davis was re-energized at Forest as his five goals helped the Reds back to the Premier League for the first time in more than two decades. Forest boss Steve Cooper is, though, in talks with Union Berlin for their main striker Taiwo Awoniyi (£17.2m release clause) which has cast doubt over a permanent move for Davis. However, after making such an impact at the City Ground, Forest are still keen to bring in Davis on a permanent deal with anything between £5m-£10m at a reasonable price for the 24-year-old.
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