Job number 1 of the transfer window is done — find a center back with the ability to start every game.
Tyrone Mings was the obvious target since he continued to wear the Villa kit on his trip back to Bournemouth after the promotion celebration. He may have only joined in January on loan but the connection with the club and the supporters was clear.
His parent club Bournemouth obviously knew how badly Villa needed a defender and wanted Mings — so they took a pound of flesh to part with the defender. The reports are a 20 million pound fee that could rise to 26.5. Clearly the fee is massive. The need for a defender was massive and fees have been rising for all PL teams especially with domestic transfers.
The club has yet to release the length of the deal for the 26-year-old defender. I’d love to know the details of the contract because that is where I hope Villa have learned a few lessons from the past administration. The contract should be constructed in a way to protect Aston Villa in case of another massive injury to Mings or relegation.
Take the business side out of it (which is tough to do even though it isn’t our money and we don’t have full information) — Aston Villa have brought in a talented defender who is comfortable at the club already. This can only help on the pitch. Villa know his history with injuries and seem comfortable with the risk.