AC Milan could offer Aston Villa transfer boost before looming FFP deadline

Aston Villa defender Matty Cash is being linked with AC Milan
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AC Milan have reportedly held talks with Aston Villa over the availability of right-back Matty Cash.

Sky in Italy are reporting that Milan have short-listed Cash, 26, in their pursuit of a new right-sider this summer. They claim Milan technical director Geoffrey Moncada is talking to a host of clubs over targets and that contact was made with Villa in London on Friday.

Villa are alleged to be in a race against time to offload someone before June 30 to ensure that they comply with Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR) – otherwise known as Financial Fair Play (FFP). Premier League clubs are allowed maximum £105m losses over three years and Villa were nearly £120million in the red in 2023.

The sale of Cash could boost Villa’s coffers and keep them in the black for another year. PSR is set to be replaced by new spending cap rules from 2025/26 after the current set of parameters caused controversy in the Premier League last term following points deductions for Everton and Nottingham Forest.

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Poland international Cash was used regularly by Unai Emery last season as Villa qualified for the Champions League by finishing fourth in the Premier League. He made 23 starts in the Premier League and a further eight in cup competitions.

He was by no means a fixture in Emery’s XI, though, with Ezri Konsa sporadically used at right-back. Cash signed a new five-year contract at Villa Park in April 2022, meaning he has three years remaining on his deal.

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