As MOMS reported earlier, this is the week where Villa owner Tony Xia suggested that their would be a bit of an exodus from Villa Park. So far though, the biggest noise is that Brad Guzan is expected to be a Middlesbrough player by the end of the week.
Micah Richards Interest Cools
Earlier today, national newspaper reporters covering the North-East reported that Sunderland have not tabled a bid for Villa defender Micah Richards and that it was unlikely that new Black Cat boss David Moyes would be interested.
Idrissa Gueye Interest Warms
Moving on though, it seems that things are firming up for Idrissa ‘Stats Man’ Gueye, with Everton reported to have triggered his alleged £7.2m relegation release clause.
MOMS has previously mentioned interest from France, but it looks likely that the Senegalese midfielder will want to stay in the Premier League.
With Villa having paid between a £1m-£2m more than the release clause, they will hope that clubs like Southampton and also Leicester City (Kante replacement?), who have previously shown an interest in the player, will enter into a bidding war to raise the transfer fee.
Villa CEO Keith Wyness has tweeted about the Gana situation, saying that ‘We do not welcome any interest in this player from any club’. If the release clause exists though, then Wyness’s sentiments are academic.
Based purely on Gueye’s performance vs Telford in preseason, there would be no sleep lost over selling him. His stats last season didn’t really equate to an end product, when you consider the team finished on 17 points.
While he offers good energy, breaks things up and keeps things ticking over in midfield, sometimes his distribution of longer passes was lacking and he rarely offered much in the final third when he ventured forth.
With Villa needing to shed players to condense the size of the squad and wage bill, Gueye like most of the current squad is expendable.
Certainly if Villa got their money back for him, it would be interesting to see if it sparked any incoming spend. At the moment, MOMS isn’t expecting much of a Net Spend going into the new season.