In today's Premier League, it's hard to believe that £8 million could mean so much for a club's future. But alas, as Paul Lambert is set to stay in charge at Villa Park for another campaign, it could mean the difference between his side going down and staying in the league.
How much money Paul Lambert has at his disposal is up for argument in the 24 hours following the announcement of his return to B6 for another campaign—yesterday, we talked about Lambert needing to look at loans with a rumoured £7 million budget but last night, the Daily Mail reported the boss will have around £15 million at his disposal for the summer transfer window.
With Aston Villa currently for sale, the difference between £7 million and £15 million is almost certainly a huge, huge difference. While the extra £8 million shouldn't keep Lambert from looking at securing a few players on loan deals in the new campaign, it could certainly change the ratio of permanent signings to loanees that Villa need heading into the new campaign.
The same Daily Mail article links Villa once again with Joleon Lescott—who is out of contract this summer after winning two titles with Manchester City in his five-year spell at the Etihad—but perhaps more importantly, reiterates the belief that Lambert will finally be after quality, not quantity in his third summer window in charge of the Claret and Blues.
If Lambert does get the £15 million, it could allow him to bring in a package of two or three capable players ready to step into the Villa starting XI rather than the one quality player he could garnish for £7 million.
It's the difference—in Robert's favourite form of currency—between signing one Christian Benteke and two Christian Bentekes. And that's huge for this club right now.
Would £15 million be enough to keep Villa up in the new campaign? Or could Lambert manage it with just £7 million? Who would you like to see showing up at Bodymoor Heath in the next three months? Let us know in the comments!