Villa lost a huge number of key players in recent seasons but the tide appears to be turning.
There can be little doubt that, if Randy Lerner was still calling the shots at Villa Park, Jordan Amavi would be on the first plane out of the second city if an offer of £25 million came rolling through the fax machine.
After all, despite a series of high-powered performances on the left flank which cemented his undisputed fans favourite status, fortune and circumstance have ensured the France under-21 international’s Premier League dream didn’t quite go to plan.
Just a few weeks into his new career at Villa Park, the £9 million summer signing from Nice (The Guardian) ruptured his cruciate ligament. By the time he returned to first-team action, Villa were no longer a Premier League team.
Therefore, the prospect of making a tidy £15 million on a player with only 27 first-team appearances to his name would sent most owners into a palm-sweating frenzy. Not Tony Xia.
The ambitious, affable Villa owner claimed on Twitter that he had rejected a mammoth bid for the overlapping left-back, with Marseille, Liverpool and Everton all at the front of a lengthy queue, The Guardian reports.
Villa fans are right to commend their owner for his determination to drag Villa back into the big time and rejecting huge offers for key players certainly makes one hell of a statement. After all, this is a club who are used to seeing their ambitious undermined by losing their prized assets. See Gareth Barry, Ashley Young, James Milner, Christian Benteke.
On the flipside, however, there are a number of holes within this Villa squad and a huge one-off payment would go some way to filling them.
Steve Bruce is reportedly keen on a goalkeeper and a new right-back, while the asking price for prolific centre-forward Scott Hogan and the versatile left-back/midfielder Robbie Brady would not appear too steep with almost £30 million burning a hole in the back pocket.
Regardless, Villa are six points adrift of the play-offs and it looks as if Amavi will be around to help maintain their march into promotion contention.
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