The Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern have been debating Jack Grealish’s credentials to succeed with the club amid reports from Sky Sports which suggest they have tabled a £15 million bid.
Daniel Levy’s reputation for being a pragmatic and tight-fisted negotiator has been further legitimised by Tottenham’s latest move in the transfer market for Jack Grealish. With Aston Villa on the ropes in the midst of a troubling financial crisis, Levy is looking to take advantage in typical fashion with a frankly insulting offer for a player who has huge scope for improvement at just 22-years-old.
Tottenham’s bid has an air of ‘typical Levy’ about it, and plenty of the supporters are unconvinced by Grealish’s potential to make the step up to the Premier League and replicate his fine form from the Championship. Levy’s doubters have been quick to criticise him for treating the club as a business rather than seeking players of a calibre who can help Tottenham end their silverware hoodoo, but he could silence that opinion by taking advantage of Marco Verratti’s availability this summer.
According to a report from Calciomercato (via Le10Sport), Mino Raiola has offered Verratti (valued at £63 million by Transfermarkt) to some of Europe’s top clubs, with Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus all open to the possibility of signing the Italian midfielder this summer. Verratti’s availability should put Tottenham on high alert, especially whilst Mousa Dembele’s future in North London hangs in the balance.
PSG’s 26-year-old general is quite simply one of the best central midfield players in world football, and his impact at Tottenham would certainly boost their chances of lifting a trophy next season. Judging by the quality of Verratti’s form in recent years, there’s no doubt he would command a huge transfer fee, but the fact he is being offered to European clubs suggests he is not as indispensable to Les Parisiens as perhaps one might have assumed.
Manchester United’s interest in Verratti is completely understandable now Jose Mourinho is without both Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, so it’s likely that they will be eager to complete a deal with PSG this summer. Verratti would be a great fit at Manchester United; he possesses star quality, plenty of Champions League experience and the ability to single-handedly dictate the tempo of proceedings whilst offering a solid shield for the back-four, however, Spurs must hijack United’s bid in order to prove they are an elite club.
Whether you love or hate Levy’s pragmatism there’s no doubt it’s served Tottenham well over the years, but with the move into the new stadium on the horizon it’s time for him to make a huge statement of intent and prove his club are here to stay, and signing Verratti from under United’s noses would be the perfect way to show Spurs mean business.
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