Date: 27th July 2018 at 5:00pm
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The Daily Mail are reporting that we have rejected a £10m offer from Stoke City for James Chester.

Columnist Simon Jones says that we have told the Potters that the Welshman is not for sale at any price, and we could now offer the defender a contract extension.

I asked fans whether Chester should be sold due to Financial Fair Play, but a massive majority think we should keep the centre-back at the club:

It would be a huge statement from Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens if they do secure our no.5 to a new contract. His leadership qualities make him the perfect player to be the next captain, and you can’t underestimate his importance to the team.

Of course, we can’t ignore FFP. £30m to £40m will have to be found from somewhere, and regrettably, I think a large slice of that will have to come from the sale of Jack Grealish.

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5 Replies to “He’s Indispensable – 91% Of Villa Fans Polled Back Club To Stick To Their Guns In Battle To Keep Star Man”

  • Why all the lower division clubs don’t start petition to chuck this garbage FFP into the sewer
    where it belongs is beyond belief./ with the unity of supporters it can be done. It’s nothing but
    Dictatorship crippling the majority of clubs. Hope Jonathan you’ve lit a flame that will grow.
    First get the signatures for a parliamentary debate on it.

    • Because they overwhelmingly voted in favour from the Prem down. If they hadn’t, it wouldn’t have passed into the regulations.

  • On the subject of FFP, we still have seen very little movement out of the club. Apart from the Grealish saga, we now know Chester is staying and Jedinak looks more than likely to remain. Interest in Adomah appears to have waned, so where are the savings coming from?

    There is a chance Bunn will move to WBA, Bjarnie might go (I hope not) and Elphick, Kodjia or even Davis might move on. At the moment, I think a lot of moves remain reliant on others being sold elsewhere, so if Reading do sell Moore to Brighton, Elphick might go and if Sam Gallagher leaves the Saints, Davis might be snapped up.

    As for the new ‘bomb squad’, which I am thoroughly against, I cannot see Richards, Tshibole or McCormack moving on anywhere on permanent deals. Of course, all members of this exclusion group will continue to lose market value, so Bruce is just writing off, what was an original £17-19M in past transfer fees, which we can clearly afford?

    Obviously, we want to retain as much squad strength as possible, but that does not equate to squad size. The current first team squad still looks way too large, bloated with players that are adding little to no value. Do we really need all of the following? Bunn, Bree, Elmo, Richards, Elphick, Taylor, Whelan, Gardner, Tshibole, Lansbury, McCormack and, arguably, one or two more.

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