Aston Villa must be wary over FFP after 'staggering' update - McLeish

By Alex McLeish

7th Apr, 2022 | 4:45pm

Aston Villa news: FFP fears raised after finance guru's 'staggering' £125m reveal -pundit

Alex McLeish has raised fears over financial fair play at Aston Villa with more big-money spending planned this summer.

The former Villa boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the Villans’ financial power is “staggering” after years of splashing the cash.

As revealed by Football Insider (1 April), Aston Villa are preparing for another summer spending spree that could top £150million.

The Midlands giants are prepared to smash their transfer record a year after spending £33million on Emi Buendia.

Finance guru Dr Dan Plumley told Football Insider (6 March) that Villa could spend north of £125million on transfers and still comply with financial fair play regulations.

As such, McLeish suggested the Villans may have to take that into consideration when spending this summer.

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Discussing Villa’s transfer plans, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It is staggering. I guess there’s got to be a time when the financial fair play comes in.

“They will know how to do the sums and arithmetic as far as that’s concerned. They spent a lot of money to get out of the Premier League to get out of the Championship.

“That was a big worry. Then they’ve got back to the Premier League and spent hundreds of millions in just trying to stay in the league.

“They’ve spent even more to stay a bit more comfortable. They sacked the manager, they’ve brought Steven Gerrard in but they’re still a bit up and down a wee bit.

“Gerrard hasn’t really spent anything as yet. When it’s his turn to get the heavy money, you would like to think that, with that money, Villa will be secure in the Premier League for years to come.”

Villa signed four players in January, though only Lucas Digne joined for a transfer fee.

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