Aston Villa have reportedly become interested in signing Brentford defender Ezri Konsa this summer after it became apparent that Konsa has a £12million release clause in his contract – and Leeds may have just helped Villa.
The Daily Mail claim Villa are interested in the 21-year-old defender after an excellent campaign at Brentford last term, missing just four Championship league games all season and helping the Bees keep 10 clean sheets.
Dean Smith signed Konsa for Brentford last summer from Charlton Athletic before Smith moved to Villa Park, and it is now clear that Smith wants to sign Konsa a second time. Sky Sports claim he has an exit clause worth £12million.
Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips has been strongly linked with a move to Villa Park this summer, but the Whites are desperate to keep the midfielder. While that is going on, Leeds may have just handed Villa a big transfer boost.
That is because they agreed to sell Jansson to Brentford this summer, for a measly figure of just £5.5million. It is believed that Jansson’s relationship with Marcelo Bielsa broke down, while Leeds needed to sort Financial Fairplay.
But selling the Sweden international Griffin Park, while Barnsley’s decision to cash in on Ethan Pinnock who has also moved to the London-based Championship side, suggests Brentford are preparing for life without Konsa.
The England Under-21 star may be tempted by a move to Premier League side Villa to rival Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause and James Chester for a place at centre-back. Jansson’s move to Brentford could help Villa sign Konsa.
Brentford have seemingly already replaced Konsa with a move for both Pinnock and Jansson. Now losing Konsa is hardly as big a loss, so Villa may find their pursuit boosted by Jansson’s Leeds exit.