There haven’t been too many similarities between Bundesliga basement boys Cologne and La Liga leaders Barcelona this season. Yet, both clubs are united in knowing just how fickle the transfer market can be.
Barca were forced to make Dortmund starlet Ousmane Dembele the second most expensive player in history when reinvesting the world-record £200 million received for Neymar’s staggering move to Paris Saint-German.
And Cologne, though not quite breaking the nine-digit barrier, probably felt a little robbed when making Mainz’s Jhon Cordoba the replacement for China-bound talisman Anthony Modeste.
Modeste, scorer of 25 Bundesliga goals last season, cost Tianjin Quanjin £32 million – meaning Mainz felt empowered to demand £13 million from Villa for a striker who scored just five goals in 29 Bundesliga games in 2016/17, per The Sun.
It’s this goalscoring record, not to mention transfer fee, that has Aston Villa supporters far from unconvinced by reports that the Championship high-flyers are considering a January move for the Colombian striker.
The report claims that Steve Bruce wants to enhance his attacking options and is hopeful owner Tony Xia will provide the funds for a player who has not scored in seven Bundesliga appearances for his new club - though Modeste himself would have been proud of that 40-yard wondergoal against Arsenal in the Europa League.
Overall, however, the £13 million does not look particularly well spent.
Just get Johnstone signed, the kids been a rock— Adam Ringland (@AdamRingland) October 8, 2017
Need signing a propa LB that villa need someone to cover for Taylor, just in case if Taylor injury or suspension a few games!— james mudie (@james_mudie) October 8, 2017
Known for his powerful shots, not very accurate going by his goal ratio— Dene Trouth (@DeneTrouth) October 8, 2017
Oh no, he's not another Tonev is he?— Rob Prince (@Robbb182) October 8, 2017
Better strikers in league 1 or 2 , unless it is a free transfer not worth signing .— CarterTony (@MrAnthonyCarter) October 8, 2017
His goals record is not great— martin murrihy (@muzzavilla) October 8, 2017
Do we really need anymore strikers? Kodj and keinan are on— Wardy (@JoshuaRyanWard) October 8, 2017