Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has spoken out on Wolves’ transfer policy and believes the influence of Jorge Mendes is largely responsible for the Black Country club’s success.
The super-agent is very well connected with Fosun International, the company that own Wolves, and has played a significant part in bringing the likes of Ruben Neves, Willy Boly and Diogo Jota to the West Midlands.
And, when asked about how Wolves are avoiding FFP sanctions, Xia responded by saying it was the Mendes connection that allowed the Championship leaders to bring in quality players on loan.
Wolves didn’t need spend much but get loan those players due to M connection. No other clubs can get player like Jota playing in championship, and with very low wage too.????
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) January 11, 2018
Whilst the agent is undoubtedly a major factor in the surprising deals that Wolves have concluded over the past season, Nuno Espirito Santo has still bought in the likes of Ryan Bennett and John Ruddy on free transfers and Barry Douglas for £1m.
Given Aston Villa’s spending under Xia many fans were surprised to see the owner comment on another club’s transfer policy. And, the Wolves supporters were quick to remind him of that when replying to his tweet…
You spent 12 million on Ross McCormack, 12 million on Kodjia,10 million on Hogan,9 mill on Chester,5 mill on tshibola,4 on Jedinak, to name but a few. Basically you spent lots and we spent wisely.
— Marc Nock (@nocky1982) January 11, 2018
You chose your own allies Tony. No one stopped you from doing the same yourself. Having good, solid relationships with the right people gets you far in this game. We can clearly learn a lot from how Fosun is running the oranges.
— Chrsmo (@Chrsmo) January 11, 2018
Your a good owner who seems to have a great connection with your fans. Personally think Bruce is your problem. Dated tactics and struggles to consistantly get the best out of his players
— James (@Jamesgough1985) January 11, 2018
Lose the hard luck story Dr Tone, you've wasted millions on Championship level players.
— X. (@MLGChicNugget) January 11, 2018
— MT (@SouthBankMatt) January 11, 2018
Some truth in that but it's not enough just to work closely with an agent. Mendes can't force players/managers to move here. They have to be convinced of the clubs's ambition, and impressed by facilities & squad. Marquee signing of Costa last Jan did a lot to raise the profile
— Ross Mackenzie (@Ross__Mackenzie) January 11, 2018
Hi Tony, It's looking very likely that villa won't achieve promotion this season, leaving the club in financial turmoil…..with hindsight do you wish you'd followed the same blueprint as wolves ? #wwfc #avfc
— Phil Owen (@flowin74) January 12, 2018
Haha Villa Manager Obsessed with Wolves now the Chairman ????????FWAW
— Nick Hill (@rimmer1968) January 11, 2018
How bitter???? If your manager could manage that £15m you blew on Scott Hogan (approx £7.5m a goal) a bit better you wouldn’t be scratching around for the play offs ????????????
— Richie Harper (@Cleanpantstoday) January 11, 2018
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