Aston Villa permitted Cameron Archer, Keinan Davis, and Jaden Philogene to leave the club in the summer to help the club’s financial situation is the real reason behind the sales, according to sources.
All three players rose through the ranks at the Midlands giants, therefore under FFP regulations, their sales are seen as pure profit. Once again, Aston Villa made significant purchases during the summer transfer window, allegedly spending close to £80 million on newcomers.
Pau Torres and Moussa Diaby both had high transfer fees paid to join Unai Emery’s team, while Nicolo Zaniolo and Clement Lenglet signed loan agreements. Additionally joining Villa after leaving Leicester on a free transfer was Youri Tielemans.
Since being promoted back to the Premier League in 2019, the Midlands giants have seen a net transfer loss of more than £312 million. In that time, they have invested the seventh-highest amount of money of any Premier League team, surpassing rivals West Ham and Liverpool.
However, Aston Villa has moved to sell some of the goods from their academy to balance out their books.
With two victories out of a possible four to open the new campaign, Villa will begin playing in the group stages of the Europa Conference League later this month.