Tottenham Hotspur are in the driving seat to land Aston Villa attacking midfielder Jack Grealish this summer but have been told to pay £30 million for him, according to The Mirror.
Sky Sports claimed earlier this week that Spurs had made an opening offer of £15 million for the talented youngster, who lit up the Championship for Steve Bruce’s men in 2017-18.
However, the latest update suggests Villa have told Tottenham to double their initial bid to stand a chance of signing Grealish ahead of the new season.
Realistically, is this an option Spurs should take?
My initial thoughts were that Tottenham were targeting Grealish due to Villa’s much-publicised financial woes, with Daniel Levy hoping to get the attacking midfielder on the cheap.
While any bargain deal will seemingly always be of interest to the Spurs chief, surely having to pay a fee in the region of £30 million will extinguish any chance of the Villans man moving to London.
In the current inflated market, Grealish is probably worth a fee close to this given he is young and English, but Tottenham will surely not go anywhere near this new asking price.
I’d be of the opinion that the Villa man would be a shrewd signing for Spurs – but only at a discounted rate.
Paying more to sign Grealish than Tottenham shelled out on Lucas Moura would be a big statement and would take a sizeable dent out of the summer transfer budget.
As such, Levy will need to work his magic this summer or look to other targets.