A report by The Telegraph has claimed that Aston Villa will listen to offers for Jota, Henri Lansbury and Frederic Guilbert this summer.
It has previously been reported that goalkeepers Orjan Nyland and Lovre Kalinic are up for transfer, whilst Mbwana Samatta could also depart.
The three latest names to have their heads placed on the block perhaps don’t come as any surprise, however.
Guilbert arrived at the club last summer from Nantes for a fee in the region of £5 million (Birmingham Mail).
He was a first-team regular last season, playing 29 times for the Villans as they ensured Premier League survival.
The Frenchman looks set to fall behind Matty Cash in the pecking order, however, with the £16 million signing arriving from Nottingham Forest this summer.
Jota was another signing in the summer of 2019 and he really struggled for game time during 2019/2020.
The ex-Birmingham City star played in just 10 Premier League games and his departure wouldn’t come as a surprise.
Lansbury is perhaps an unfortunate one and a player who has suffered terribly with injuries since checking in at Villa Park in 2017.
The £40,000-a-week player has managed just 50 outings for the Villas in three years and playing regular football needs to be on the agenda for the midfielder.
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Villa carried far too many passengers last season and Smith will hope to have a better squad this time around.
Jota, Lansbury and Guilbert are all decent players but perhaps not at Premier League level.
If Villa are to ensure a safer passage towards survival during 2020/21, it will be paramount for Smith to have a better squad at his disposal.
Guilbert would perhaps have plenty of suitors abroad, whilst midfielder Lansbury and winger Jota would have a queue of Championship clubs after them.
Villa need to balance the books and it doesn’t seem as though their recruitment has stopped just yet.
Offloading these three would be ideal and it remains to be seen whether or not suitors will be found for the trio.