EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Aston Villa could have signed Tyrone Mings for £9.5million less had they accepted Bournemouth’s suggestion to insert an option clause in his initial January loan transfer, Football Insider understands.
Mings, 26, sealed a permanent switch to Villa Park on Monday in a deal that could be worth £26.5million in total after the Midlands giants reached an agreement with their new Premier League rivals.
A Villa source has told Football Insider that the club had the opportunity in January to include an option to sign Mings permanently for £17million when they initially recruited him from Bournemouth six months ago.
That would have guaranteed a saving of £9.5million before the centre-back’s outstanding form during the subsequent loan hiked up his valuation significantly and led to widespread interest in his services.
The contract blunder means Dean Smith’s side will now have less money to spend on other signings during what has already been a very busy summer of business for the club.
Mings’ arrival takes Villa’s summer spending beyond £50m after the club previously acquired Anwar El Ghazi, Matt Targett, Kortney Hause, Jota and the striker Wesley Moraes.
Mings was instrumental for Villa as they won promotion back to the Premier League, via the play-offs and Smith had made his permanent signature one of his top priorities this summer.
The defender was signed by Bournemouth in 2015 from Ipswich for a reported fee of £8million, but he made just 22 appearances in all competitions for the Cherries during his four years at the club.
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