Former Aston Villa Record Signing Wesley Departs Stoke City

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A New Chapter Awaits

Wesley, the Brazilian striker whose arrival at Aston Villa in 2019 set the club’s transfer record, is on the lookout for a new team after parting ways with Stoke City. The 27-year-old, who was once valued at £22million, has ended his stint with the Potters as his contract concluded.

High Hopes Dashed by Injuries

Despite the high expectations that accompanied his move from Club Brugge to Villa Park, Wesley’s tenure in the Premier League was marred by a severe ACL injury and a struggle to find the back of the net, with only five goals to his name over four years. His time on the pitch was significantly disrupted by a challenging recovery from the injury, which took him out of action for over a year.

Loan Spells and a Stoke City Sojourn

In an effort to regain his form, Wesley was loaned out multiple times before ultimately leaving Aston Villa in 2023. His subsequent venture with Stoke City, which began last summer on a free transfer, also proved fruitless as he failed to score in his 23 appearances across all competitions.

Stoke City Bids Farewell

As Wesley and several teammates, including Tyrese Campbell and Ciaran Clark, find themselves on the free agents list, Stoke’s sporting director Jonathan Walters expressed gratitude for their contributions. Walters emphasized that those departing are recognized for their dedication during their tenure at the club.

Stoke’s Survival and the Transfer Market Buzz

Stoke City managed to avoid relegation from the Championship, ending the season with a triumphant run of three consecutive victories. Meanwhile, the transfer market is abuzz with high-profile movements. Notably, Paris Saint-Germain’s keeper Kaylor Navas and former Chelsea talent Todd Kane are also without clubs. As the summer transfer window approaches, speculation is rife with potential blockbuster moves, including Manchester United’s interest in Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins and Arsenal’s eye-catching bid for Slovenia’s young star Benjamin Sesko.

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