According to a report in the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa have missed on a hefty windfall of cash following Middlesbrough’s relegation from the Premier League.
Villa would have received a substantial sum of money if former Villa players Gested and Traore had helped to keep Boro in the top-flight of English football. Add-ons had been included in both deals that would have been activated had the Teesiders managed to stay up.
However, a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea last week sealed their relegation, and they have subsequently been joined by Hull City who will be playing in the Championship next season alongside Sunderland, who will finish rock-bottom.
Former Villa keeper Guzan was also part of the relegated Boro team, but the USA international left on a free last summer so there were no add-ons included in his contract.
However, all is not lost because if Traore joins another club in the future, Villa will receive a percentage of the transfer fee as other clauses were inserted into his contract. Furthermore, Ayew’s contract at Swansea is also though to have included a small staying-up bonus that Villa will now receive as the Swans have guaranteed themselves Premier League football next season.
Villa will also be keeping a close eye on whether Celtic qualify for the Champions League group stages as they will receive further money from the deal which saw Sinclair move to the Glasgow-based side last summer.