Tottenham Hotspur have been in pursuit of Jack Grealish for a number of weeks if reports in the British media are to be believed, however, a recent report from The Sun suggests they are set to face strong competition for his signature in the coming weeks.
Indeed, the report claims that Chelsea have joined the race for Aston Villa’s prodigy, with the Pensioners set to launch a bid worth £20 million to secure his services. Whether that figure will be enough to prise him away from Villa Park remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt that Steve Bruce would need to delve into the transfer market to sign a replacement to maintain any slim hope of reaching the play-offs once again next season.
As for Tottenham Hotspur, they would be forced to turn their attention towards another talent in order to bolster their options in the final-third, although they will struggle to sign their ideal replacement for anything less than an extortionate price.
Meanwhile, Newcastle will be presented with an ideal opportunity to offer a lifeline to one of the Premier League’s biggest underachievers.
With that in mind, here’s how Grealish’s move to Chelsea could influence the rest of the transfer market…
Tottenham sign Zaha
Losing out on Grealish to a top-four rival will surely spark Daniel Levy into action at long last, and the signing of Wilfried Zaha makes perfect sense for the club.
Zaha (valued at £27 million by Transfermarkt) possesses the versatility to play in a number of attacking roles, most notably on the left-wing and at centre-forward where the club are desperately in need of further quality.
Anthony Martial is another option for Tottenham to consider, especially given the recent controversy regarding his failure to report back for pre-season after the birth of his second child, but Zaha will presumably represent the more financially appealing of the two, which is bound to sway Levy’s decision.
On paper the signing of Zaha could be a game-changing acquisition for the club, even if it takes missing out on Grealish to force through a deal for the Ivory Coast international.
Grealish’s arrival at Stamford Bridge would add an extra layer of intensity to the competition for first-team opportunities.
After failing to make any sort of impact in his first 6 months at Chelsea, Grealish’s arrival will push Ross Barkley further down the pecking order and make him surplus to requirements at the club.
And considering Newcastle only have one natural number ten player on their books in the shape of Ayoze Perez, Rafa Benitez could help the England international to resurrect his career on Tyneside.
Barkley is rapidly becoming one of the biggest underachievers in English football, but if he’s serious about realising the full extent of his potential then there’s no doubt he could reinvent himself at Newcastle on a season-long loan deal.