Date: 24th July 2018 at 12:19pm
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It’s being reported today that Stoke City have returned with an improved bid for Welsh centre-half James Chester.

The rumour mill has been full of the speculation about our former Skipper – and likely captain this year if he stays at B6 I would think – and a possible switch to Gary Rowett’s new side and for a long time with growing concern over cash flow and Financial Fair Play, it did appear he would be one of the sacrifices this summer.

That is now less of a concern and if Stoke’s interest in him is genuine they must be kicking themselves that they came in with such an embarrassing offer to begin with – if the new offer is £10million a week ago we’d have probably dealt at that fee as it was the fee most fans agreed they could swallow.

Now, FFP is still an issue and it hasn’t disappeared despite the takeover, but £10million is no longer the price for me as we aren’t as desperate – now we’re into the region of at least £15-18million given other deals in this summers market and this time last year.

It appears fans agree.

There’s another piece of news doing the rounds – you might have heard of it.

Former Arsenal star and Belgium World Cup coach Thierry Henry is a hot favourite to replace Steve Bruce now we have new owners in, some bookies have suspended bets apparently, and it’s claimed a verbal agreement is in place.

I’m not alone in thinking it would be a mistake, but plenty are excited given his name.

Given this appears to emanate from the Daily Star and has since been picked up on by everyone else who simply regurgitate their words – well I’m sceptical but purely on the basis of the amount of content the Star kicks out, it’s mathematically impossible for them not to occasionally get something right by mistake.

I’m just going to sit and watch and see what happens.

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5 Replies to “New Bid In For Villa Centre-Half – Takeover Gives The Club Some Va-Va-Voom As Doubts Grow About Bruce’s Future”

  • By the sounds of it Chester doesnt want to move on unless its to a PL team. If he does leave we are down to the bare bones at CB. Elphick would be our only experienced Central defender and his injury record isnt great. Surely the new investment means we can keep hold of him

  • We’ve stopped shopping at the pawn shop, it’s Harrods now , only sales for dead wood, Dads Army,
    and Dinasours. Bring in the class and ship out this clowns . For those who desecrated Avfc with scorn.
    God’s Wrath the price is Trippled.

  • Laudrup spot on mate, the clowns that write this stuff and make stupid comments like it’s a mistake should respect our new investors and jog on

  • I am not sure on Chester. I would prefer ro keep him, but only his move plus Grealish and Kodjia would like run up fees over £10M. If we could sqeeze some more great, but tellingly no Premiership side appears that interested.

    Bruce – not a fan, but the timing is bad and Henry is unproven. Wait and see.

  • Re Chester if he really doesn’t want to leave and was thinking this before the new owners came on board, then now we can afford to keep him especially as we have had no interest from PL teams. He had a superb season for us last year and if there does need to be a sale then start the bidding at £20m. I personally want him to stay.

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