Aston Villa

Selling James Chester would be a new low in Aston Villa’s depressing transfer window

Selling James Chester would be a new low in Aston Villa’s depressing transfer window

Much of Aston Villa’s squad has been linked with a move away from Villa Park this summer after failure to regain promotion back to the Premier League.

The Midlands club currently find themselves in a terrible financial state, and owner Tony Xia needs to sell players as a consequence.

And the latest name who could be out of Villa is James Chester, who is valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt.

The Breakdown

According to BBC Sport, Villa have turned down a £5m bid from Stoke City for Chester, although a future sell cannot be ruled out.

Villa, however, must do all they can to retain Chester and should not entertain low-ball offers such as the one from Stoke – even considering the predicament they are in.

Manager Steve Bruce has already lost John Terry and is struggling to replace him as it is. Losing Chester, too, would leave the former Hull City boss with an impossible rebuilding job to do.

Chester, alongside Terry, were at the heart of Villa’s brilliant defence last season, which kept 20 cleans sheets and conceded 42 goals.

The pair were the foundation of the Villans’ promotion charge and, while not being able to keep hold of Terry would have come as a blow, the potential departure of Chester would be catastrophic.

Villa, of course, need money, but there are other areas of the squad that can provide a less damaging sacrifice.

Xia cannot sell Chester this window and certainly not for £5m.

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