By Matt Farr
Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness has claimed that every player at the club could be available this summer ‘at the right price.’
Despite a below-par season, which saw Aston Villa finish 13th in the Championship, a number of their players could be subject to interest from elsewhere, including top goalscorer Jonathan Kodjia.
The 27-year-old was one of the most impressive performers at Villa Park this season, scoring 19 goals from 40 appearances.
The Mirror had claimed in the printed edition of their newspaper (page 49) on April 10 that Everton were considering a move for the striker this summer.
But while Wyness insists there had yet been any conversations about Kodjia’s future at the club, the player could be sold, albeit for a huge sum.
When asked if Kodjia was set to leave, Wyness told the Birmingham Mail: “No. There has been no bids or conversations.
“I think, given his injury, I’d be surprised if someone was to take a chance on him now anyway. That said if someone comes in with a ridiculous amount then of course. Everybody is for sale at the right price.”
Aston Villa fans have been waiting to hear news on the transfer front, particularly on Kodjia’s future, but Wyness’ revelation is far from the positive news they were hoping to hear and the broad admission will chill many of the faithful to the bone amid reports the club will have to sell to buy this summer.
They will though, take reasonable pleasure that Kodjia’s current injury status could well dissuade any potential suitors from making a move this summer.
The Ivory Coast international suffered a broken ankle during Villa’s penultimate game of the season, and is likely to miss the start of the season, meaning he may not be an ideal purchase this summer.
Football Insider verdict:
There are several ways to interpret Wyness’ comments, and depending on which avenue you take, it could have both a positive and negative outcome for Aston Villa this summer. On the one hand, Wyness has little intention to sell Kodjia, or any other of Villa’s players. But at the other end of the spectrum, he is suggesting that players could be sold if offered the right-price. It is a business after all. But Aston Villa must do everything in their power to keep Kodjia at the club this summer. If you take away his goals, Villa could have been in real trouble this season, and they’ll need him on board if they value a promotion push next term.
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