Aston Villa ‘preparing themselves’ as shock bid imminent for £30m defender

Matty Cash is reportedly a target for Italian Serie A giants AC Milan.Matty Cash is reportedly a target for Italian Serie A giants AC Milan.
Matty Cash is reportedly a target for Italian Serie A giants AC Milan. | Getty Images
An Aston Villa defender is reportedly the subject of surprise transfer interest from Serie A giants AC Milan.

The Villans, preparing for what’s expected to be a busy summer window following their qualification for next season’s Champions League, are exploring ways to raise funds. Unai Emery’s side must see some players leave before June 30 in order to comply with the Premier League’s strict profit and sustainability rules.

Douglas Luiz has been linked with a move away over recent weeks, with Juventus reportedly looking into signing the Brazilian. Arsenal have been keen in the past and could reignite their interest as Villa are seeking around £50 million — a fee many would consider a bargain for such a talented midfielder.

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There are other players Villa are considering sacrificing - including Jacob Ramsey and Jhon Duran - but one they perhaps weren’t expecting to sell for a big sum is Matty Cash, who is now said to be wanted by Milan.

Sky Italia reports the Rossoneri commenced talks with Villa during a recent visit to England, bringing up Cash as a priority transfer target. Milan are impressed by what they’ve seen from the Poland international, notably his versatility.

Aston Villa could be faced with right-back dilemma

As the talks are said to have gone successfully, a bid is expected to arrive for Cash. This will leave Villa with a big dilemma as the 26-year-old played a key utility role last season, stepping in at right-back and also at right midfield when required.

Matty Cash is reportedly a target for Italian Serie A giants AC Milan.Matty Cash is reportedly a target for Italian Serie A giants AC Milan.
Matty Cash is reportedly a target for Italian Serie A giants AC Milan. | Getty Images

It’s clear to see that Cash isn’t the best technically - and his ball control leaves a lot to be desired - but his sale would certainly leave quite the void. Villa’s lack of depth on the right side of defence would also be a worry. Selling Cash without a replacement lined up would be rather catastrophic with Champions League football not far away.

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