Wesley Moraes’ nightmare spell at Club Bruges is over after the Aston Villa striker agreed a loan move to Brazilian side Internacional.
The 25-year-old returned to his former club last summer, two years after moving to Villa Park. But his time back in Belgium has been nothing short of a disaster. The forward has made just a handful of appearances, including just one start. However, Internacional have agreed to take the attacker on after his loan deal was severed with Bruges.
According to The Athletic, Wesley has “agreed a new loan arrangement back in his homeland and is travelling back to complete the switch”.
Wesley has scored six goals in 26 appearances for Villa. He still has two-and-a-half years left on his Villa Park contract.
Steven Gerrard will be hoping that Wesley can hit some of the form which persuaded the club to spend £22m on him in the summer of 2019.
Wesley’s career was put on hold in January 2020 when he sustained serious cruciate knee ligament damage following a tackle from Burnley’s Ben Mee.
It took the player 480 days before he returned against West Brom in a 2-2 draw last April. And Wesley has revealed he though his career was finished.
“When you can come back after such an injury, you think: now no one can stop me,” he told KW.BE in November.
“For a long time I thought my career was over.
“That was a really bad injury, at a time when I was better than ever.
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“After it happened, I wept every day for 20 days.”
Wesley is not the only player expected to leave this month. Bertrand Traore, Anwar El Ghazi and Trezeguet all look ripe for transfers, with the latter pair available for loans.
Gerrard has said he is looking for quality not quantity this January and if the trio are moved out it will leave some room in his budget.
The exit of Axel Tuanzebe from the club also means Aston Villa are able to take another loan.
‘No point keeping players if they’re not in your plans’
Pundit Noel Whelan believes Villa could be ready to wheel and deal in the market.
“It could raise funds, so absolutely,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“Some clubs don’t always have the luxury of keeping these players on big contracts while also going out and buying another big player.
“Sometimes you’ve got to cut one loose if you want to bring another in. That’s just the way of the world with most clubs and their financial situations right now.
“There’s no point keeping players if they’re not in your plans. If you can move them on with loan-to-buy deals and get the wages out of the club, then do that.
“It works both ways, Villa could then use that money to bring players in – perhaps also on a loan to buy basis.”