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Aston Villa finally agree Monchi exit clause with two new signings expected to follow quickly

Monchi at Sevilla training

Aston Villa have agreed terms with Monchi to become their sporting director, with two new signings expected to follow quickly, according to reports.

The Premier League side have been in negotiations regarding Monchi’s £1.7million release clause for some time but he is finally set to move to Villa Park, with a move described as ‘imminent’.

The deal is known to have been pushed through by Villa boss Unai Emery, who worked with Monchi at Sevilla from 2013-2016.

The Spaniard currently has a three-month notice period, but the report on Football Insider claims that Villa are confident that will be waived by the Spanish club in return for the release clause being paid.

Villa switched their attention to Monchi after failing in their efforts to lure Barcelona’s Mateu Alemany to the Midlands.

Emery has been given the nod to put his own stamp on the Villa squad after guiding them into Europe for the first time in 13 years last season, having only replaced Steven Gerrard back in November.

FI adds that the former Arsenal manager has been working with Villa chiefs on signing multiple players, with talks advanced over a deal for Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – who is a free agent after the Reds decided against renewing his contract.

Villa outfit are also reportedly closing in on what sources say is a big-name signing from Spain.

Tielemans to lead many changes at Villa

They have already announced the addition of Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans when his contract runs out at the King Power on June 30.

The changes at Villa are part of a major refurbishment of the senior squad this summer, as Emery looks to fight on two fronts following Europa Conference League qualification.

Emery has also been told he will be backed by the club’s ambitious owners NSWE, led by Nassef Sawiris, with more than £150million expected to be spent on new players.

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