Brentford have sold Ezri Konsa to Aston Villa, the club confirmed today.
Konsa has been the centre of much speculation this summer, Sky Sports News suggested Fulham were also interested but the Londoner has chosen Villa, stating it has always been his dream to play in the Premier League.
The move is believed to be worth £12m, representing a huge profit for The Bees. Konsa only signed for the club last summer for £2.5m, so once again Brentford have played the transfer market to their advantage.
Added to that, they have already got their hands on a replacement for less than half the price – Pontus Jansson – a player many consider to be amongst the best defenders in the league.
Brentford will likely have a new-look defensive pairing next season, with Ethan Pinnock also arriving from Barnsley. Konsa made 47 appearances last season, keeping 12 clean sheets, but given Brentford’s track record in recruitment it is unlikely he will be missed, despite his qualities.
This is a very good deal financially for Brentford, although given Konsa is only 21 he could be sold for countless millions in future.
Despite that, he is another example of Brentford’s ‘Moneyball’ template working successfully. They have been able to bring in significant funds for a player they have spent very little time on developing, and have subsequently been able to strengthen a number of areas this summer and sign one of the best defenders in the league.
For most clubs losing a player of Konsa’s ability and potential would be a big blow, but Brentford will take it in their stride and probably improve given the players they have brought in.