Ray Wilkins makes worrying claim about Aston Villa takeover

Aston Villa coach Ray Wilkins before the match

The Villans are in the process of a takeover from Chinese businessman Dr Tony Xia.

Aston Villa fanAston Villa fans are likely to be worried by Wilkins' claim

Speaking to Talksport on Wednesday morning, Ray Wilkins made a claim which will worry Aston Villa supporters.

The Villans announced via their official site last month that an agreement had been reached with Dr Tony Xia, which would see the Chinese businessman acquire 100 per cent ownership of the club.

The alleged deal, which is subject to Premier League and Football League ratification, follows a two-year long search for investment by existing owner Randy Lerner.

Xia Jiantong, the chairman of Recon Group, who has agreed to buy English soccer club Aston Villa, poses for pictures in his office in BeijingVilla's proposed new owner, Dr Tony Xia

But according to their former assistant manager, Villa fans shouldn't get their hopes up.

Discussing a report in Wednesday's Daily Mail, which claimed the proposed takeover was set to collapse, Wilkins told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show (circa 07:25): "Funnily enough, I’ve got a very dear friend who knows a lot what’s going on and he tells me that that is not going through."

Aston Villa coach Ray Wilkins before the matchWilkins is skeptical about Villa's proposed takeover

He added: "It's got to go to the Football League - they want to know what his financial situation is."

Villa, who have dropped out of the Premier League for the first time in 29 years, are currently without a manager and are yet to make any new signings ahead of the new season, which starts on 6 August.

The Sun reported on Tuesday that former West Brom and Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo had been hired as Remi Garde's successor, though there is currently no official line from Villa and Wilkins' revelation could throw the Italian's appointment into doubt.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesDi Matteo is Villa's new boss, according to the Sun

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