According to The Telegraph, Aston Villa have rejected a bid from Brighton & Hove Albion for in-demand centre-back James Chester.
Chester, 29, was outstanding for Villa during the 2017-18 campaign.
Even the defender’s brilliance could not inspire Steve Bruce’s side to Premier League promotion, however, with the club losing out to Fulham in the Championship playoff final.
Villa’s issues off the field mean that they will have to slash their wage bill this summer, and it is understood that Chester collects in the region of £40,000 a week at Villa Park.
It is not a surprise that a number of Premier League clubs are believed to be interested in Chester when considering that he is really a top-flight defender playing in the Championship.
Villa will find it very difficult to keep hold of him this summer, and the same can be said for Jack Grealish as interest in the impressive midfielder gathers pace.
The Villa supporters have been reacting to news of the bid from Brighton, and it would be fair to say that they are absolutely desperate to keep hold of Chester.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Need to keep him and Grealish and rebuild around
The rest not bothered about and can be replaced IMO
— Simon Osborn (@Ossie12Simon) June 8, 2018
— David B (@BowkettDavid) June 8, 2018
Out of ever player in the club… Chester is the one I’d be keeping. Brighton can do one!
— Darren Brusch (@BruschDarren) June 8, 2018
— Marc Wootton (@Sparky120482) June 8, 2018
— ?♂️ (@K_E_I_T_H_1_2_3) June 8, 2018
9 million nowhere near enough we should be asking for 15 million
— David o mahony (@Davidomahony18) June 8, 2018
Not for sale lads thanks ?? ??
— TrueVillan (@TrueVillan10) June 8, 2018