Paul Lambert and Aston Villa are working hard to strengthen their side ahead of the next Premier League season, and the Villains look to have secured the £4.7 million purchase of Carlos Sanchez from Eche, reports the Daily Mail.
The Colombian international has garnered the nickname, ‘The Rock’, due to his steely, aggressive and strong style of play, which is something that Lambert is hoping will make his Villa side a little more intimidating next season. The Midlands club have already employed Roy Keane as assistant manager in an attempt to strengthen their approach, but Sanchez could prove a missing link within their midfield.
The player represented Colombia in this summer’s World Cup, proving to be a crucial member of their successful squad. The 28 year old defensive midfielder is expected to sign a 4 year deal at Villa, and is expected to become similarly vital within Lambert’s team.
Having spent most of his career playing in France and recent seasons playing in Spain, Sanchez is said to be ready to make the switch to the Premier League, as he seeks to further enhance his reputation. The proposed contract at Villa will keep him at the club for the majority of his peak years as a footballer, and supporters will hope that they get to see the best of him.
Amid a summer of financial uncertainty at Aston Villa, Sanchez’ transfer can be seen as a real high point, and a real statement of intent that the club are not prepared to let their off-field problems overshadow their on-field performances.