Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has been looking at replacements for John Terry but has had difficulties bringing in any potential successor through the door because of the current financial climate at the Midlands club.
Robert Huth, who is now a free agent after being released by Leicester City last month, was in talks with Villa, though a deal to bring the German to Villa Park has failed to materialise (via Leicestershire Mercury).
And on top of Terry, Bruce now faces the uphill task of possibly having to replace James Chester as well.
Villa value Chester at £10m, but are said to be seriously considering Stoke’s offer due to the economic conditions at Villa Park.
Chester was excellent at the back with Terry for Villa last season, losing the 29-year-old would be a catastrophe.
The Villans will likely need to look at signing a very low-cost substitute, too, leaving the club in a very delicate situation.
Considering the above and, if such events do unfold, then Villa should look to sign Chelsea’s £2.7m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Matt Miazga on loan.
Miazga has spent the last two seasons at Eredivisie side Vitesse and, after a slow start to life in the Netherlands, the 22-year-old really grew into the left centre-back position in Henk Fraser’s team.
At 6’4″, Miazga is extremely strong in the air and would be a good addition to Villa’s back line.
Villa supporters, understandably, may grow frustrated with a transfer strategy that focusses on the recruitment of loan players when the club could be utilising it’s youth players instead.
But Miazga is a player worth chasing if Chester departs Villa Park this summer.