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Aston Villa owner Tony Xia: 'Wolverhampton Wanderers have transfer advantage'

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia claims that Wolverhampton Wanderers' association with Jorge Mendes gives them an advantage in the transfer market.

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has claimed that Championship rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers have an advantage over his side in the transfer market due to their association with renowned agent Jorge Mendes.

The Chinese businessman insinuated that table-topping Wolves would not have been able to attract players like Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves without the Portuguese's influence.

"Wolves didn't need spend much but get loan those players due to M (Mendes) connection. No other clubs can get player like Jota playing in championship, and with very low wage too," Xia wrote on Twitter.

Mendes, whose clients include Cristiano Ronaldo, David de Gea, Diego Costa and Jose Mourinho, acts as an adviser to Wolves' owners Fosun International.

Wolves will take on Barnsley in the Championship this weekend, while Villa travel to Nottingham Forest for the evening kickoff.

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2West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1273231171424
3Leeds UnitedLeeds126512291323
4Middlesbrough12642146822
5Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest124711713419
6Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds125431918119
7Brentford124622014618
8Derby CountyDerby125341513218
9Norwich CityNorwich125341515018
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn124621415-118
11Swansea CitySwansea12453129317
12Wigan AthleticWigan125251416-217
13Bristol City124441614216
14Stoke CityStoke124441718-116
15Aston Villa123632020015
16Bolton WanderersBolton124351015-515
17Birmingham CityBirmingham122821312114
18Queens Park RangersQPR12426919-1014
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham12327919-1011
20Millwall122461319-610
21Reading122371520-59
22Preston North EndPreston122371824-69
23Ipswich TownIpswich121651118-79
24Hull City122281019-98

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