Former Chelsea captain John Terry is set to take the next step in his long career in the coming hours and drop into the Championship as he seals a move to Aston Villa.
Terry was formally released by Chelsea at the end of his contract and Friday and has been linked with both Birmingham, where there was an offer from Harry Redknapp, and Villa.
According to Sky Sports, the veteran centre-back could be a Villa player by the end of Tuesday, although it varies depending on which publication you read.
The Daily Telegraph has suggested the unveiling might be as soon as Monday, noting that Terry has also rejected offers from West Brom, Swansea and Galatasaray. It would therefore appear that the project at Villa Park, where he is set to earn £60k-per-week, is of great appeal.
There have been rumours for a number of months that Terry, who lifted his fifth Premier League title as Chelsea captain in May, could end up in the United States or even China.
But he is said to have first met Villa boss Steve Bruce for talks in Portugal two weeks ago and it seems as though everything since that first encounter has been very positive.
Villa finished 13th in the second tier in 2016/17 and will be hopeful of a better display, possibly even a promotion push, in what will now be Bruce’s first full season in charge after replacing Terry’s ex-Chelsea team-mate and later manager, Roberto Di Matteo, last October.
Terry was barely involved for Chelsea last season, but his departure from the squad has still left a gaping hole which hasn’t yet been filled.