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  1. If that is his price then so be it but the point I was trying to make is that it needs to be settled quickly. The harmony and preparation of the Villa squad for 2020/21 is far more important than £5, £10 or £15m. No doubt about it that the squad will be a better with Grealish in it but the issue needs to be settled quickly.
  2. Congratulations on staying up by the way and helping us to finish 7th by beating Arsenal. As for Grealish, he's been brilliant for you but I would say that a decision needs to be made almost immediately that you are letting him go or him publicly stating that he is staying. The last thing that you need is a protracted transfer negotiation that could take it down to the wire in respect of the start of next season. Any targets or replacements need to be in as quickly as possible so that the squad has time to gel. For the sake of an extra £5-10m its not worth risking a close season break of uncertainty in the squad followed by a rush to buy a replacement. I'd say that accepting £60m with add ons early in the transfer window is better than holding for £70m+ if it means disruption to your pre-season plans.
  3. Arsenal need to win the FA Cup or finish in the top 7 to Qualify for Europe. The rules were changed a few years back regarding cup final losers.
  4. Traore, Dendoncker, Jimenez, Boly, Doherty, Coady, Saiss and Jonny aren't Mendes (Gestifute) clients. Moutinho (definitely) and Patricio (probably) are too old for the Worlds best sides to come knocking on the door for them. That leaves just Neves and Jota, both of whom are excellent but not at the level to go to a top team like Barcelona. There's no doubt he has helped us to where we are at and bringing in Nuno was a masterstroke. The idea however that a selling club will lie on their backs wanting their bellies tickled whilst Mendes takes their players for below market rates isn't correct. As for Smith he inherited a squad part way through 18/19 and then had to rebuild it and learn on the job in the Premier League. He started this season by trying to go toe to toe with sides with reasonable success, but injuries and loss of from hindered him from November onwards. He then tried and failed with three at the back and now a more cautious approach which makes you harder to beat but takes away your attacking threat. I think if you do stay up with settled a pre-season he'd have you in much better shape for next year. The problem with relegation is if he stays it will mean another rebuild and if it doesn't work out quickly he'll be on his way. He's had a tough task and there's no guarantee that the next incumbent will be better.
  5. I hope so as Villa need to be back in the top flight and not in the Championship. The challenge for 2019 is that the FFP Loss for 2017/2018 is estimated at £20m. If you add to the loss the reduction in parachute payment for 2018/2019 (£17m) and that there isn't a £16m profit on player sales then the FFP Loss for this season is approx £53m. If £14m is allowed for a FFP loss for 2018/2019 then savings of £39m are required to stay within the FFP rules.
  6. PriceOfFootball‏ @KieranMaguire 2h2 hours ago More Despite this Villa may be okay in terms of FFP as some costs are excluded. Have estimated that FFP losses for last two seasons are £25.1 million so maximum loss for 2018/19 is £13.9 million. Will be tough due to parachute payments falling but not impossible #AVFC
  7. The difference here though is that at Wolves there was a clear canvass to work with as profits had been made in a previous year to allow for the spending to be made to reach the Premier League. If reports that were circulating everywhere in the summer are true in that you are already at your FFP spending limits and that huge savings were required, it makes this less easy to do? Sell Grealish for £25m and that allows for four £20m signings to come in on 4 year deals on say about £30k a week for FFP purposes for one season. That is easy to do if you have that wriggle room in your allowable losses, less so if you require the sale to meet the allowable losses.
  8. I understand that your owners are ridiculously wealthy and could bankroll the acquisition of a new management team, players and wages but there is an elephant in the room that still needs to be addressed. FFP is going to seriously restrict any major overhaul of the squad for the foreseeable future. Are some of the top names being linked with the post going to be attracted by the possibility of working within such restrictions?
  9. The shares have been allocated haven't they? If the Sanchez deal has been sold to Macquarie then I'd say that no fresh cash has come into the club. I'd say that all of his £5m loans that it has been reported that he was putting into the club on a month to month basis have been converted into share capital.
  10. Fosun own businesses all around the World so don't have to take money out of China in order to fund their overseas operations, the Thomas Cook group being one known to many in the UK.
  11. Hopefully your owner will either sort this out very quickly or find another owner that can. A club the size of Villa should be plying their trade in top division of English football and their supporters don't deserve this kind of shit. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for and whilst Doug Ellis was never Exactly popular at least he had the best interests of the club at heart and he would never allowed this to happen. Good luck over the next few days/weeks.
  12. I've seen plenty mentioned about Villa being tired against QPR as there was only a two day break after the Wolves game and Bruce toyed with the ideas of freshening things up. What hasn't been stated (admittedly I've not gone through the whole thread) is that Wolves had played on the Wednesday before the Villa game so had less time to recover and prepare than Villa who had played on the Tuesday. I think that fatigue may have come into it second half although in all fairness I don't think that we coped very well with Grealish carrying the ball through the lines of our formation.
  13. Congratulations on your win tonight. I thought that it was about equal (in play and obviously the scoreline) up to the 40 minute mark but from then onwards Villa were the dominant side and thoroughly deserved the win. Well played and good look for the rest of the season in chasing Cardiff. I don't think I can bare the thought of you going past Cardiff and the side in front of them.
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