Remember Jack Grealish? He look set to leave Aston Villa in the summer
Published 10/03/2016 | 09:55
Aston Villa are facing a potential summer exodus as they prepare for relegation to the Championship.
Villa could be forced to rebuild their squad for the second successive season after it emerged that Jordan Ayew, Jack Grealish, Adama Traore, Idrissa Gana and Jordan Veretout will be targeted for moves.
Ayew, Gana and Veretout were signed from France’s Ligue 1 last summer and are set to leave after less than 12 months, following a turbulent campaign.
Marseille are ready to move for Gana while Bournemouth will revive their interest in Veretout after missing out on the midfielder in July.
Ayew, an £8million buy from Lorient, has been one of the few summer signings to impress and the forward is said to have a number of options in the Premier League., including West Ham. His wages will decrease from £50,000 a week to £40,000 in the event of relegation.
Adama is also expected to go, with the £7million winger believed to have interest from clubs in Spain.
Yet it is the possible departure of Grealish, a homegrown product, that will come as the biggest blow to Villa’s supporters. The 20-year-old has barely figured under Remi Garde and his future is likely to be dictated by what happens with the manager at the end of the season.
In November he was banished to the under-21s by Garde after he was photographed on a night out and has endured a difficult relationship with the Frenchman.
It leaves Villa facing another summer of upheaval, despite a woeful campaign which has seen them record only three league wins.
Villa supporters are ready for another walkout this weekend as they continue their protest against the board.
Fans will step up their ‘Out the Door on 74’ campaign in Sunday’s Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur, with thousands expected to join in.
The protest – in honour of the club’s formation in 1874 - is a stance against chairman Randy Lerner and the Villa board, after nearly six years of steady decline, and an estimated 2,000 headed for the exits in the 3-1 defeat to Everton last month.
With Villa on course to have relegation confirmed next month, there could be even more fans joining the exodus on Sunday as the pressure grows on the club’s much maligned board.
Lerner and chief executive Tom Fox were both targeted for abuse in the Everton game and Villa fans are also planning to protest in the home game against Chelsea in April.