According to a recent report from The Daily Telegraph, Jack Grealish still seeks to move to Tottenham this summer despite recent good financial news for Aston Villa. The 22-year-old enjoyed a fine campaign for Steve Bruce’s side last season in helping them reach the Championship play-off final, to the point that interest in his services has been rife for much of the summer, helped by the financial woes experienced by the Villans.
Yet a recent takeover of the Midlands giants suggests that Spurs may not be able to get a bargain deal done for the attacker, thus indicating that chairman Daniel Levy has missed a trick by not acting sooner to lure the Englishman to North London.
Ultimately, the Spurs chairman has always been renowned for being a strong negotiator and getting what he feels is the best deal for himself and indeed the football club, with it clear that he was gambling on Villa’s financial problems continuing to secure a bargain deal for Grealish.
Yet it was quite a while between news emerged of Villa’s money woes and the news that the club had been taken over, so while Levy appears to have been waiting for his moment to move for the 22-year-old, that moment may well have gone.
Yes, Grealish reportedly wants to leave his boyhood club after producing arguably his best season to date last time round, but the Championship side now have greater strength in negotiations knowing that they haven’t got to sell one of their most prized assets to keep the club afloat – Spurs will now have to show genuine ambition if they are to land the 22-year-old.
And while they should seek to land the former England Under-21 star, as Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has a proven track-record of developing and nurturing young English talent into first team regulars, it now looks like it will cost Spurs considerably more to sign Grealish than it would have done a few weeks ago.
As such, there is no doubt that chairman Levy has missed a trick by failing to secure a bargain deal for the 22-year-old.
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