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According to Alan Nixon of The Sun, Bournemouth are demanding £25m from Aston Villa if they are serious about bringing Tyrone Mings back to Villa Park on a permanent basis.
BOURNEMOUTH. Want 25m for Tyrone Mings. VILLA won't be paying that in a hurry. Makes likes of Gary Cahill on a free more attractive by the day.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) July 7, 2019
Well, Dean Smith’s side took Mings on loan for the second half of last season, and he definitely became a hit amongst the supporters with some truly excellent performances.
The former Ipswich man was pivotal in helping the Villans return to the Premier League via the play-offs last term, and the Midlands-based side had hoped to thrash out negotiations over a permanent deal after Mings returned from his holidays.
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However, the Cherries’ valuation of the 26-year-old seems to have put Villa off, as Nixon reports that they won’t be paying that sum in a hurry and makes alternatives such as Gary Cahill seem far more feasible.
Firstly, a lot of Villa fans will assumingly hate this news as they were calling for the 6 foot 5 defender to be signed permanently just a few weeks ago, so to hear that the club may be searching for alternatives probably won’t be music to their ears.
Some of the Villa faithful should also really be against the arrival of Cahill.
The 33-year-old has absolutely no sell-on value unlike Mings, and it isn’t even a definite fact that he can perform to the levels that he used to be able to after a season sat on the bench under Maurizio Sarri – Cahill made just two substitute appearances in the league, and started just two Carabao Cup games.
Mings appeared to be a fan favourite despite spending just six months with Villa, so the news that he may not be coming to the club whilst a man nine years older – and potentially a lot worse – will be arriving is hardly the best update.