According to The Mirror, Aston Villa will refuse to sell key defender James Chester for less than £20m in this summer’s transfer window.
Villa’s financial predicament means that the club will be forced to sell key players this summer, with Jack Grealish amongst those expected to depart.
Chester is also attracting a host of interest following an impressive 2017-18 season, but according to The Mirror, Villa are not prepared to sell for less than £20m.
Brighton & Hove Albion are reportedly sniffing around the centre-back, but Steve Bruce’s side are seemingly not prepared to make it easy for the Premier League club to sign the Wales international in this summer’s transfer window.
Chester played in all 46 of Villa’s Championship matches during the regular season, in addition to featuring in all three playoff fixtures.
It is going to prove difficult for Villa to keep Chester this summer, but they have a right to fight off bids that are short of the defender’s true value.
Well, transfermarkt.co.uk have valued Chester at £7.2m, but Villa appear to want more than double that figure for the 29-year-old in order to let him leave.
The former Manchester United youngster has been with Villa since 2016, and has been outstanding in their last two Championship campaigns.
Chester, whose current deal runs until June 2020, also has Premier League experience having turned out for both Hull City and West Bromwich Albion at the highest level ahead of a transfer to Villa Park.
In all honestly, £20m is perhaps too steep for a player who has previously been relegated from the Premier League, but there is no question that he has the ability to play in the top tier.
Villa’s financial problems has placed them in a difficult position this summer, but there is no question that they have the right to take a firm stance when it comes to Chester’s future.