Aston Villa ready to take 60% hit to sell ‘special’ star after terms agreed


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Aston Villa are ready to take 60% of the fee the Premier League side paid Club Brugge for Wesley Moraes after allowing Levante to sign the striker on loan with an option to buy.

That’s according to the Express & Star, who report that the Villans have allowed Levante to sign Wesley for the 2022/23 season. Their deal for the Brazilian’s temporary transfer to the Ciutat de Valencia also includes an option for the Granotes to buy the striker if they seal the promotion.

Wesley has agreed a loan move to Levante in a bid to revive his career after the 25-year-old cut short his spell with Internacional. Aston Villa sent the striker to Brazil’s Serie A outfit on an 18-month deal in January but fell out of favor after changing bosses.

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Levante sign Wesley on loan from Aston Villa after Internacional spell ends

Wesley has made just five of his 19 appearances for Internacional after Mano Menezes took charge in April. He also failed to score a single goal following the departure of Alexander Medina, also only hitting the back of the net twice under current Velez manager Sarsfield.

Steven Gerrard did not see a role for Wesley at Aston Villa for the new season, having struggled for form in Brazil. So, the Villans boss has agreed to send him to Spain’s second tier for the season with an option to buy set at £9m if he helps Granotes win promotion.

The fee Aston Villa and Levante have now agreed for Granotes to sign Wesley on loan is worth just 40% of what Dean Smith paid Club Brugge in 2019. Villa paid the Belgian side £22m after scoring 17 goals, but have only seen the investment return six goals.

Wesley has also scored five of his Aston Villa goals so far in 21 games throughout the 2019/20 Premier League tenure. He has since failed to find the net in four games after suffering a season-ending cruciate ligament rupture in January 2020 which sidelined the striker until April 21.

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Levante and Aston Villa can hope loan leads to permanent transfer

Levante now represent the striker’s third temporary team since the injury, having also returned to Club Brugge in 2021. So, with Wesley now having two years left on his contract and the option to buy Granotes, he has perhaps be played his last match with Aston Villa. .

Ciutat de Valencia chiefs are hoping to see once star Robert Rybnicek branded ‘so fast’ and ‘special’, via The Guardian, after working with Wesley at Trencin. Gerrard could also be hoping he proves success in Spain’s second tier to permanently advance the forward in 2023.

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