Aston Villa have done a decent job on the whole in holding out for the top dollar for their chief assets in the last decade.
There may be some feelings that the buying clubs have paid over the odds, but the graphic below shows that these acquisitions have played a big part in trophies being won.
Based on Aston Villa’s position as trusted traders of high-value commodities, Christian Benteke is well worth the £30m sum being placed on his head for potential suitors.
It is 3/1 that Benteke remains a Villa player upon the closing of the summer transfer window, with Liverpool considered a more likely destination on September 2nd at 5/2.
Here is some more information on Villa’s big-money departures from the past decade:
Yorke left Villa under a bit of a cloud in August 1998 despite spending nine years with the club, given his determination to push through a move to Manchester United.
This eventually happened for £12.6m and Yorke went on to joint-top the Premier League scoring charts for the 1998/99 season and helped the Red Devils to the lucrative treble of the league, FA Cup and Champions League treble in his first year at the club.
Barry arrived at Villa Park as a trainee from Brighton in 1997 and made over 450 appearances for the club, showing great versatility to play centre-half, left-back, left midfield and then central midfield.
Offers of £15m were reportedly turned down from Liverpool, before he eventually joined Manchester City for £12m in 2009.
Barry’s first major trophy arrived in his second Etihad season when City lifted the FA Cup and he then made 34 appearances in the following campaign as the Premier League title become a feature on his honours board.
Milner had already had a successful stint on loan at Villa before signing for £12m in the summer of 2008.
Having made his full England debut, replaced Barry in the heart of the midfield and been crowned PFA Young Player of the Year, Milner joined his former teammate at Man City for £24m in a deal that also involved Stephen Ireland moving in the opposite direction.
Four significant trophies have followed.
With only a year remaining on his contract, Villa were resigned to losing Young to Manchester United and in the circumstances they were paid well to get £18m for his services.
After being named man of the match on his Premier League debut, Young has endured a stop-start career at Old Trafford, although he did play enough matches to secure a top-flight winners’ medal in 2013.
If there is an exception on this list of big-money successful transfers, then Downing’s unfulfilled stint at Liverpool is the one.
He moved for £20m in 2011 and aside from a man of the match display to help the Reds win the League Cup on penalties, he contributed little. In the league Downing ended his maiden Liverpool season without a single goal or assist.
However, he was called up to England’s Euro 2012 squad during his time at with the Anfield club.