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Report: Aston Villa staff think they've signed an absolute bargain this summer, really proud of themselves
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Report: Aston Villa staff think they've signed an absolute bargain this summer, really proud of themselves

Aston Villa staff are really proud of the deal to sign Diego Carlos, and believe they’ve got an absolute bargain, according to The Athletic.

The Brazilian defender joined Steven Gerrard’s side for £26m this summer, and went straight into the starting line-up for their opening day defeat to Bournemouth.

Villa believe the fee they’ve paid for Carlos is a bargain, despite the defender already being 29 years old, especially as Champions League clubs were chasing his signature.

The defender has already impressed Gerrard and his staff off the pitch, being named as one of the club’s vice captains ahead of the start of the season.

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He started Saturday’s disappointing defeat alongside Esri Konsa, with former club captain Tyrone Mings an unused substitute.

Both of Bournemouth’s goals on Saturday came as a result of crosses into the box not being dealt with, and although Carlos wasn’t directly responsible in either situation, these are scenarios centre-backs have to deal with.

Gerrard has already faced criticism for his selection choices at the back, with Paul McGrath insisting that Villa’s number five needs to start this weekend.

Villa proud of Diego Carlos deal

The Athletic’s report suggests that Villa were also interested in a move for James Tarkowski.

The Burnley centre-half was a free agent, and would have cost much less than Diego Carlos, although he eventually chose to join Everton.

The Brazilian is a level above Tarkowski though, boasting international and continental experience.

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Although they’ve had a shaky start to the season, Villa are one of a number of teams who will be looking to disrupt the sides who normally qualify for Europe.

A player of Diego Carlos’ stature raises the levels of everyone around him, and sets the standards in training and matches, and it’s no surprise Aston Villa are proud of getting this deal done.

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