Carlos Sanchez to Aston Villa: Latest Transfer Details, Reaction and More

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2014

Colombia's Carlos Sanchez, left, and Cristian Zapata, rear right, play the ball during the international friendly soccer match between Netherlands and Colombia at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday Nov. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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Rumours had been widespread on social media, and on Friday Aston Villa confirmed they had signed Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez to a four-year deal from Spanish side Elche.

The club made the news public via Twitter:

According to the Daily Mail's Laurie Whitwell, Villa will pay Elche £4.7 million for the services of the defensive midfielder, although that figure is yet to be confirmed by the club.

Sanchez has been on Villa's radar for a long time now, and he presents Paul Lambert with the kind of physical presence his team has often lacked in recent years. While he's more than able to play a solid short pass, his biggest strength lies in his ability to break up play in the centre of the pitch and abuse opposing players on the ball.

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Johnson loves the move, and he's surprised at how much bang Villa got for their buck:

Club commentator Jack Woodward came away impressed from his short meeting with the team's latest acquisition:

Sanchez might not have been the biggest name on the transfer market, but keen observers must have noticed his dominance in Colombia's midfield during the 2014 World Cup.

"The Rock," as he is often called, was vital in shielding the team's back four against much more heralded teams. While his contributions often go unnoticed, having a player capable of handling opposing attackers the way he does is vital in today's game.

Sanchez will bring a new element of physicality to a Villa midfield that has struggled defensively in recent years, and if he can replicate his strong form from the 2013-14 season, the Claret and Blue may have just made one of the best value signings of the summer.