The summer transfer market is already being shaped by players whose previous clubs proved unable or unwilling to keep them when their contracts were expiring.
Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, James Milner, Danny Ings and Glen Johnson have all moved on this summer and the window next year will be no different.
As a host of players enter the final year of their deals, coveted footballers can find themselves in an even more enviable position when they are able to enter the market without...
Aston Villa want to keep Fabian Delph and are hoping that no other Premier League clubs come in for him during the summer transfer window, according to new No. 2 Ray Wilkins
Wilkins, who joined Tim Sherwood's coaching staff as assistant manager earlier this week, admits Villa have a battle on their hands to keep hold of the England midfielder, especially considering the fact that Delph is available for a reported fee of between £8-10 million due to a buyout clause in his contract.
Aston Villa have confirmed the appointment of Ray Wilkins as assistant to manager Tim Sherwood.
Wilkins, 58, who revealed his impending arrival at Villa Park during a television interview last week, said he would begin work with last season's beaten FA Cup finalists immediately.
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Sherwood said: "I'm really pleased to bring Ray on board. He has a fantastic knowledge of the game, and I'm looking...
The subject of release clauses seems to be the theme of Aston Villa's postseason. While there's still widespread reluctance to accept the club are serious about sticking resolutely to their £32.5 million valuation of Christian Benteke -- the prices reported for other players this summer suggests that's reasonable -- something new and nasty has emerged. It's been claimed Fabian Delph, the Villa captain, can leave for as little as £10M.
Delph's new contract -- a four-and-a-half-year extension...