£51.3million pair ‘could leave’ Villa Park this summer
Aston Villa defenders Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings could both leave the club in the summer transfer window, insider claims DeanJones.
Steven Gerrard looks set to make some big calls this offseason, and that could include offloading a number of first-team players.
What’s going on with Konsa and Mings?
Konsa was ever present under Dean Smith in the first part of the season, starting all 10 Premier League games he was available for.
He has always played regularly with Gerrard at the helm, but has been dropped from the squad on several occasions to accommodate Calum Chambers, including last weekend as Villa beat Norwich 2-0.
Meanwhile, Gerrard kept faith in Mings, picking him weekly and allowing him to keep the captain’s armband.
However, the former Rangers boss said he would reassess the captain’s situation over the summer, suggesting he was not completely convinced Mings should lead the team long term.
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What did Jones say about Konsa and Mings?
Jones claimed he could see a scenario where Konsa and Mings would both be moved on in the coming months if Gerrard could find suitable replacements.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “They could both leave. I think it’s plausible. And it’s not impossible that they can find two replacements at a decent value.
“Mings and Konsa, for the direction Steven Gerrard is heading with this team, I think it’s plausible that they are open to offers for both players.”
Who could replace Konsa and Mings at Villa?
Villa have been linked with a few defenders as the transfer window draws closer.
It has been claimed that the club are monitoring Duje Caleta-Car’s situation at Marseille. The 25-year-old is experienced, having made 22 international appearances for Croatia, and his contract is due to expire next year, suggesting he wouldn’t be too expensive.
Gerrard is also expected to test his former club Liverpool’s resolve by making a move for Joe Gomez. The Reds centre-back has struggled for time at Anfield this season and could be tempted by the opportunity to play regular first-team football elsewhere.
If Villa can get offers for Caleta-Car and Gomez down the line, it could lead to Gerrard deciding to sell Konsa and Mings, who have a combined Transfermarkt valuation of £51.3m, to even the books. of the Premier League club.
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