Aston Villa have signed Tyrone Mings permanently from Bournemouth, the club’s official website has confirmed.
According to BBC Sport, Aston Villa boss Dean Smith and chief executive Christian Purslow were determined to bring Mings back to Villa Park on a permanent basis after he helped the club earn promotion back to the Premier League, with £20m seemingly the amount needed to get a deal over the line.
Despite impressing in the Championship, with former Villa skipper Martin Laursen just one man to praise the centre-back’s exploits last season, the signing of Lloyd Kelly over the course of the summer made his battle for first-team appearances on the south coast even harder.
A lot of people associated with the club such as Laursen will be glad to see Mings among the ranks again. As already stated, he did quite a job for Smith’s side as they went on to win promotion to the Premier League, making the second highest amount of interceptions per game (1.2) in the Championship out of the Aston Villa players who made more than 10 appearances (as per WhoScored).
It is a deal, though, that Bournemouth are also likely to be pleased about, with the south coast club set to bank some healthy profit from the sale.
The Cherries, of course, signed Mings for £8m from Ipswich Town back in 2015. And despite the Englishman making just 17 league appearances for the Premier League outfit, they have made a £12m profit on him, based on BBC Sport’s reported fee.
When you consider all of that, you would expect both parties to be happy with the business they have done.
Bournemouth get to make profit on a player they clearly feel they do not need, while Aston Villa have acquired a defender who played a huge part in their successful Championship campaign.
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