Report: Smith landed Konsa after finding problem in Gary Cahill move

Dean Smith the manager

Aston Villa have landed defender Ezri Konsa today.

Gary Cahill of Chelsea FC lap of honour during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Watford FC at Stamford Bridge on May 5, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

According to The Telegraph, Aston Villa moved to sign Brentford defender Ezri Konsa after Dean Smith was put off by Gary Cahill's wage demands.

Villa today completed a move to sign Konsa, paying his £12million release clause to reunite with his former Brentford boss Smith at Villa Park.

Konsa becomes the second centre back to sign this week, alongside Tyrone Mings, and the pair may well start next season as Smith's first-choice pairing.

 

Intriguingly though, it's now claimed that Smith had actually targeted free agent Cahill, only to be put off by his wage demands, prompting the move for Konsa.

Cahill, 33, saw his Chelsea contract expire at the end of last season, meaning he's now free to join another club after more than seven years at Stamford Bridge.

Smith appears to be keen on bringing Cahill back to Villa Park, where he came up through the ranks and made 31 first-team appearances before joining Bolton in 2008.

Dean Smith the manager

A move to bring Cahill back to Villa Park would provide Villa with vital experience needed in the Premier League, and it's somewhat surprising that Villa went for a youngster in Konsa instead.

It will be interesting to see whether Villa make a new move towards the end of the transfer window, with Cahill seemingly just weighing up his options for now, as having both Cahill and Konsa with Mings in the mix would be a great set of centre backs both for now and the future.

Ezri Konsa of Brentford is closed down during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Aston Villa at Griffin Park on February 13, 2019 in Brentford, England.

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