Aston Villa, currently in the race for the Premier League title, will be implementing a sell before they buy policy in the upcoming transfer window. The first players on the chopping block are out-of-favour duo Bertrand Traore and Calum Chambers, as the club aims to clear some deadwood.
Speaking ahead of Villa's clash with Everton on Sunday, manager Unai Emery confirmed that Traore and Chambers are free to leave the club. He also mentioned that if these departures happen, the club will consider adding one or two players to the squad. However, Emery emphasized that they are not focused on a particular player and instead want to elevate the level of the current players.
Emery acknowledged the challenges posed by Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations and the club's aim to continuously improve. Villa is currently second in the league and still competing in the Europa Conference League and the FA Cup. Emery's discussions with the owners revolve around enhancing the squad and ensuring progress.
Emery expressed reluctance to let midfielder Leander Dendoncker leave, as he values the player's reliability and contributions to the squad. Dendoncker has made eight appearances in the Premier League this season and has attracted loan interest from Belgium.
Villa may also be in the market for a backup striker to support Ollie Watkins. Jhon Duran, currently at odds with Emery, could potentially leave the club. Emery emphasized the importance of having a strong squad with two players for every position and highlighted the development of young players like Duran.
Aston Villa's progress under Emery this season has been unexpectedly rapid, with the club currently sitting second in the Premier League. A victory against Everton this weekend would put them level on points with table toppers Liverpool.
Stay tuned for more transfer news and deals this January!