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£22m James Maddison deal gives Aston Villa their Jack Grealish benchmark

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£22m James Maddison deal gives Aston Villa their Jack Grealish benchmark

Tottenham hotspur are said to be keen on a move for the Aston Villa talent.

Leicester City have completed the signing of midfielder James Maddison from Norwich City. According to the Leicester Mercury, the Foxes will pay a fee of £22 million to bring the player to the King Power and fans will hope he can become a star with the club.

The news should be of interest to fans at Aston Villa. Steve Bruce’s side are currently facing financial trouble after failing to win promotion to the Premier League. Two years of big spending by Tony Xia has left them short of Financial Fair Play and big names are set to leave.

One such player is Jack Grealish. The playmaker was brilliant for the club after recovering from a hip injury last season. Seemingly grown up from the earlier controversies in his career, Grealish is interesting a number of top clubs in the Premier League.

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One such team is Tottenham Hotspur. According to The Mirror, Spurs have even made a £15 million offer for the player.

That fee is not expected to be enough for Grealish, with different outlets reporting £30 million or £40 million being his going rate.

However, with Maddison going for £22 million, is that now the bar Spurs need to meet to get Grealish.

Both players are of a similar standard and Aston Villa can easily now ask for £22 million for the player. As for Spurs, they can now stop themselves going to far above such a price-tag, by highlighting Maddison as the going rate.

At £22 million, it would be hard for Aston Villa to reject an offer for their midfield maestro.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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