Aston Villa will struggle to keep Chester this summer

According to The Telegraph, Aston Villa have turned down a bid from Brighton & Hove Albion for in-demand centre-back James Chester.

What’s the story?

Villa’s failure to secure promotion to the Premier League has left the club in a very difficult position both on and off the field.

Villa’s issues away from the football pitch have been well documented in recent days, but the club’s supporters will be more concerned with what could happen to the first-team squad.

Chester is believed to be attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs, but according to The Telegraph, Villa technical director Steve Round has knocked back an offer from Brighton.

Chester is valued at £7.2m by transfermarkt.co.uk, and that is figure that will not put off the top-flight clubs that are said to be admirers of the former Manchester United youngster.

Brighton will play Premier League football once again next season, and they will surely return with another offer sooner or later.

Can Aston Villa keep him?

To be honest, it is going to be extremely difficult for Villa to keep their best players this summer.

Jack Grealish continues to be linked with a move away from Villa Park, whilst it has already been confirmed that John Terry will not represent the club next term.

Chester was outstanding for Villa during the 2017-18 campaign, and he has become a real favourite with the club’s supporters due to his no-nonsense defending.

The 29-year-old has made 96 appearances for Villa since joining the club from West Bromwich Albion in the summer of 2016, and he will surely want the opportunity to play at the top level once again.

If Villa are to launch another challenge for Premier League promotion next season then they will need Chester on board, but keeping him could prove to be an impossible task.