It’s been reported in the English media today that Tottenham have tabled a bid of £15m for Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish. If this is true, the Spurs bid is very unlikely to be accepted.
Grealish is a fantastic talent and a move to the Premier League is expected. His performances in the second half of last season were of a consistently high quality and it is difficult to see the 22-year-old agreeing to another season in the Championship.
£40m is the consensus valuation for Villa’s U21 England star, and with the club a reported £40m in the red and facing administration, the idea that they would accept £15m just does not seem realistic.
Add to the mix reports that Chelsea too are interested in the midfielder, and would be willing to loan him back to Villa next season, and Spurs’ bid seems even more laughable.
It has also been reported that Villa may not have to sell their prize assets to balance the books after all which, if true, would further strengthen their hand when it comes to negotiations.
Tottenham, who can offer Champions League football, have an obvious advantage over clubs like Chelsea but their notorious wage structure, which includes a salary cap, may also play a part, especially if Chelsea were to offer ridiculously high wages, something they are more than capable of doing.
The chances are that the £15m bid is nothing more than an opening gambit designed to force other interested parties out of the woodwork and get the attention of the player himself, and it may well be that Spurs are prepared to offer double that amount or more when it comes to the crunch. But if Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy’s reputation for playing hardball is anything to go by, there is no guarantee that the North London side will up their bid significantly.
If Villa can sort out their finances and Chelsea do table a better offer with a loan-back option included, then Spurs could easily miss out on one of the best young English prospects around. Much will depend on the player himself. however. If his goal is to play to in the Premier League, he may not welcome being loaned back into the Championship. while the lure of Champions League football could prove the deciding factor, regardless of which offer Villa accept.
Fulham and Leicester City are also reported to be interested in the player, but the reality is that the battle to sign Grealish is between Tottenham and Chelsea.