Aston Villa will be made to pay around £2.5 million to Glasgow giants Celtic in compensation if they are to plot a successful move for The Bhoys’ manager Brendan Rodgers according to reports by The Sun.

The Midlands club are searching for a new manager after parting company with former boss Steve Bruce last week following a poor run of results.

The hierarchy at Villa Park are thought to be considering a number of options regarding the recruitment of a new manager with Celtic boss Rodgers being one of those who are thought to be under consideration. Villa are yet to make a move for Rodgers but it is thought that a successful swoop would cost them at least £2.5 million, the same fee as the Irishman’s annual salary at Celtic Park.

Rodgers has won two domestic trebles on the bounce during his time at Celtic, although the club have continued to struggle in Europe and have had a shaky start to their league campaign this term. Rodgers’ future plans are unknown, although it is not beyond possibility that he could be tempted back down south. He could favour a job in the English Premier League rather than Villa’s fight to get out of the Sky Bet Championship but that may not stop the Midlands outfit from making their offer to Rodgers.

Other names linked with the manager’s job at Villa include Thierry Henry and John Terry, who could form a managerial double-act, Paulo Fonseca, Stiliyan Petrov and Roberto Martinez.

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