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Aston Villa: Gregg Evans discusses potential FFP advantage for Villa

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Aston Villa journalist Gregg Evans has been sharing his thoughts on the recent news that UEFA are reportedly preparing to get rid of Financial Fair Play regulations to allow teams greater control over their finances due to the impact of the current global pandemic, and how that could impact Villa in terms of their potential spending in the upcoming summer transfer window. 

This comes after Evans recently made an appearance on the latest episode of The Athletic’s Villa-themed podcast 1874 where he spoke about a variety of topics concerning Dean Smith’s side.

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First up in this Gareth Barry quiz, which club did Villa sign the midfielder from?

On the subject of the potential dismissal of and what that could mean for Villa heading into the upcoming summer transfer window, Evans had this to say on the matter. (22.54)

He said: “I don’t know what’s going to change because I don’t know what UEFA and the other bodies are discussing, but if there are changes, then you would think that it would benefit Villa because if they become less stringent, then it will allow Villa to spend a little bit more than perhaps they would have previously been able to under the other rules and regulations and we all know that Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens want to spend big, they want to take Villa on to the next level, but they have to work under the parameters that are set by the relevant bodies.

“So, it’s good news for Villa if things change, I think because it just means they might be able to spend a little bit more, they can potentially start paying players a little bit more, splash out even bigger on transfer fees and not have to worry about those calculated losses.”

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TIF Thoughts on Gregg Evans’ comments on and the potential impact for Villa in the summer transfer window…

Given how Villa spent a total of £74.12 million last summer on bringing in new players such as Ollie Watkins, Bertrand Traore, Matty Cash and Emiliano Martinez, this shows that the current owners are not shy in investing money into the squad to try and progress the team forward as Evans mentioned in the podcast.

Taking this into account, if the regulations are altered and clubs aren’t restricted in terms of spending money in the summer transfer window, then perhaps Villa will be able to spend more than they did last summer to try and boost their squad even further.

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