Latest Aston Villa news as the Villarreal president talks about Aston Villa’s move for Pau Torres and the rest of their summer transfer business.
Villarreal president Fernando Roig has denied reports that Aston Villa bought Pau Torres for an inflated fee.
Some reports claimed that Villarreal banked a combined €100 million (£86.7m) this summer, from sales including Torres to Villa and Nicolas Jackson to Chelsea. But Roig has been quick to stress that is not true, with the figures not “anywhere near” the reported number.
Torres joined Villa this summer and the centre-back was a priority for manager Unai Emery. He was bought for a reported £35m, and has been a standout performer so far this season.
Speaking about his club’s summer sales, Roig told AS : “We don’t sell, but there are times when the footballer’s path is to go out. This summer they came to buy, we have received offers for players who wanted to leave and look for a better opportunity, and it was also beneficial for all parties.
“We have sold for a significant amount, but we have not earned anywhere near what is said. Villarreal has not earned 100 million euros.
“Villarreal has sold for a differential between what it has bought and what it has sold in these years of 69 million, and that is the reality. Everything that we cannot get together is what we compensate for with this type of operations.
“As I said, we risk to be at the top, normally we achieve balance, but when that is not the case, we also want to sell and do this type of operation.”