Tottenham are reportedly leading the chase for in-demand Jack Grealish, with the Aston Villa playmaker on the radar of Manchester United as well.
According to Daily Mail, Tottenham are leading other Premier League clubs in pursuit of Jack Grealish. The Aston Villa star has been linked with a move to the Premier League of late, with the likes of Manchester United, Everton, Leicester and West Ham all interested in the Englishman.
Aston Villa and Grealish endured a heartbreak in the Championship play-off final versus Fulham, with the Cottagers eking through in a 1-0 win to earn promotion to the Premier League. If the loss of a chance of return to the top-tier was tough, Aston Villa was then hit with financial woes, with floating reports that the club could even be wound up if it failed to clear their tax payment.
While the tax payment scenario has been controlled and mitigated, the need to raise funds is still present, which makes Villa susceptible to its players being poached by other clubs. The likes of James Chester, Andre Green, Keinan Davis and Jonathan Kodija have been linked with moves away from the club. But the one in highest demand is academy graduate Jack Grealish.
The 22-year-old has had a decent season with Aston Villa but it is his ability to play in the number 10 role and on either wing that is generating quite an interest in his services. Chief among them are Manchester United, who are in search of a natural number 10 to fill the void created by the departure of Wayne Rooney and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
While Jesse Lingard has been a success in the role, Juan Mata’s preference to play on the right wing creates a lack of depth in the said position, meaning at least one signing is necessary. Jose Mourinho would be aware of the fact that bringing in a star player in the number 10 role could disrupt the harmony in attack and unsettle the current squad members, hence the manager is likely looking to add a rotation player to the Manchester United squad.
Grealish could serve the purpose and more at Old Trafford. But, according to the latest developments, Tottenham are the club that are leading the chase for the Aston Villa youngster. Spurs are also looking to add depth in attack, with Dele Alli the only player capable of playing in the number 10 role, with Christian Eriksen also preferring to play out wide.
Aston Villa have slapped a £40 million price tag on Grealish, which is hefty and expected to come down, especially with the club in urgent need of funds. The likes of Tottenham and Manchester United will be keeping a close eye on the latest developments with respect to Grealish and his asking price and we should expect bids to come in should the asking price be lowered to around half of the present £40 million.