Aston Villa could sell as many as nine players this summer as they look to comply with Financial Fair Play rules, according to The Mirror.
Villa spent around £50 million last season as they tried to bounce straight back up to the Premier League, but they ultimately finished in 13th and now need to comply with FFP rules once again. The club have been linked with several players already this summer, but will need to clear out some big names at the same time as bringing new players in.
Aston Villa CEO Keith Wyness has confirmed that the club have received offers from Saint-Etienne for Jordan Veretout, from Sevilla for Jordan Amavi and from Deportivo La Coruna for Carles Gil. These could be among the first to leave the club this summer as the clear-out begins.
Championship side Sheffield Wednesday have been linked with signing defender Alan Hutton, but it is unclear whether a bid is on the table or whether the transfer will go ahead.
It is understood that Aston Villa players Micah Richards, Tommy Elphick, Aaron Tishbola, Pierluigi Gollini and Aly Cissokho are all also free to leave the club this summer. However, it is not clear whether there are currently any bids for these players on the table. Wyness said: “We have had offers on about four players now and we anticipate more.”
Aston Villa recently announced the signing of former Chelsea and England defender John Terry on a one-year contract that will cost the club £5 million.