Johan Lange’s days at Aston Villa as sporting director are numbered as the club finalise the appointment of Mateu Alamany, sources have told Football Insider.
This site revealed on Friday night (5 May) that the Midlands giants have reached a full agreement with the 60-year-old Barcelona sporting director.
He will join Aston Villa after resigning from his Barca role – which is set to end on 30 June.
The Catalan giants have confirmed via club statement (2 May) that Alamany will be leaving the club to pursue a “new professional project”.
Current Villa sporting director Lange has been frozen out of the decision-making at the club since Unai Emery became the new manager in November 2022.
The Spanish manager, 51, personally oversaw the club’s January transfer business – which saw them strike deals for Alex Moreno and Jhon Duran.
It is believed that Lange was far less involved than in previous windows.
Sources have told Football Insider that the Dane, 43, is expected to leave Villa Park when Alamany arrives this summer.
This site first revealed that Lange’s job was under threat in December 2022.
Aston Villa owners NSWE have been concerned with Lange’s transfer record during his near three-year reign at the club.
He has been responsible for signing flops like Bertrand Traore, Morgan Sanson and Leon Bailey for big-money fees – while more successful stars like Emiliano Buendia and Matty Cash were also signed on his watch.
Emery and Alamany could have European football to help lure top targets to Aston Villa in the summer window.
The Midlands giants sit eighth in the table with four games of the 2022-23 campaign remaining.