Paul Lambert yesterday said he wouldn't talk about Carlos Sanchez because he wasn't an Aston Villa player, whilst talking about Carlos Sanchez potentially becoming an Aston Villa player. The minefield of what to say during transfer silly season is a difficult one for managers to get through but Aston Villa fans were left with little doubt that the player is certainly one Lambert is trying to sign.
An update from Spanish newspaper Marca on Friday suggests that a deal is close to being done. Marca claim that Sanchez's current club Elche have found an alternative which would allow Sanchez to complete his move to the Premier League.
That alternative is Jose Canas, currently at Swansea City but in negotiations to cancel his contract with the Welsh club. The 27 year old had spent his entire career with Real Betis before signing for Swansea City last summer but has been told to find a new club, and his exit is likely to be as a free transfer.
Elche already have a personal agreement with Canas but nothing is completed with Swansea City as yet. The Spanish club aren't able to match the €700,000 per year which Swansea pay Canas but will offer a longer deal and therefore it didn't take long to find an agreement.
Once released by Swansea, Canas will sign for Elche as long as the club can get clearance from the Spanish league. To get that clearance they need to show their budget is able to cope with the signing, and can do that through the sale of Carlos Sanchez to Aston Villa.
A little complicated but close to completion, say Marca.