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Aston Villa to spend up to €50m on new players, says new owner Xia

Tony Xia, who took over the Birmingham club on Wednesday, says he will back their new manager with big funds in the Championship.

NEW ASTON VILLA owner Dr Tony Xia is planning to invest up to £40 (€52) million on new players as the club seek an immediate return to the Premier League.

Xia’s Recon group agreed a deal to purchase the club, who finished bottom of the Premier League this season, from Randy Lerner on Wednesday. Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is odds-on favourite to be named Villa’s new manager and he can expect to be well-backed in the transfer market.

“Now we plan to spend £30 million to £40 million on new players for the upcoming season to reconstruct the current first team squad,” he told Sky Sports.

“We have made lots of preparations at the early stage.

“If Aston Villa can successfully return to the Premier League, the purchase price would be more than £100 million.”

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