Aston Villa ready to offload high earning veteran to bring in fresh, young talent

Aston Villa v Lille OSC: Quarter-final First Leg - UEFA Europa Conference League 2023/24
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Aston Villa are preparing to make significant changes to their squad as they gear up for the 2024/25 season. The club, having recently passed the Premier League's stringent Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR), is ready to part ways with veteran defender Diego Carlos to create space for younger talent.

Under the strategic guidance of former Sevilla duo Unai Emery and Monchi, Aston Villa has undergone a remarkable transformation, becoming a formidable force in European football. Their impressive model culminated in a successful 2023/24 campaign, securing Champions League qualification.

This summer, Villa has already made several notable signings, including Ross Barkley, Ian Maatsen, Samuel Iling-Junior, and Enzo Barrenechea. However, the club remains eager to bring in more impactful players, necessitating some player sales to facilitate these moves.

According to John Townley of the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa are open to entertaining transfer offers for Diego Carlos. The Brazilian defender, who joined Villa from Sevilla in 2022 for £26 million, has had a mixed tenure at the club. After missing most of his first season due to injury, Carlos featured in 38 matches across all competitions last season, starting in 28 of those games.

Diego Carlos - Soccer Player - Born 1993
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Despite his efforts, Carlos has struggled to replicate the form that made him a standout at Sevilla. His aggressive style of play and declining abilities have turned him into a liability for Villa. With reported wages exceeding £5 million per season, Carlos is one of the highest earners at the club, making his departure a financially prudent move.

Aston Villa are keen to rejuvenate their defence with younger talent. One potential target is Juventus' Dean Huijsen, who impressed during his loan spell with AS Roma. Huijsen's price tag is believed to be around £25 million, and he possesses the talent to potentially become a starter under Emery.

Carlos's departure would mark the end of an era for Villa, but it also opens the door for fresh talent to shine at Villa Park. The club's strategic moves this summer will be crucial in determining their fortunes in the upcoming season.

As Villa prepares for the new season, their focus on balancing the squad and finances while maintaining competitive performance is evident. The departure of Diego Carlos is a significant step in this direction, paving the way for a younger, more dynamic team.

With new signings and potential targets like Dean Huijsen, Villa are poised for another exciting season, aiming to build on their recent successes and continue their upward trajectory in European football.