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.
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.
Keeping Henri Lansbury could be blessing in disguise for Aston Villa
Aston Villa cannot find a buyer for the midfield maestro.
Aston Villa’s financial troubles this summer seem to have them ready to sell some of their high-earners and more valuable assets.
However, the same report suggests Henri Lansbury will be sticking around.
However, it does not seem that Aston Villa want to keep him.
The report claims they will only be keeping the £2.7 million midfielder because nobody is willing to pay up to sign the player or take on his £40k-a-week wages.
It is certainly no surprise to hear that Aston Villa want to offload Lansbury. He struggled to play a part in Steve Bruce’s plans after joining from Nottingham Forest.
Last season he played just 10 times for the club and has struggled since arriving at Villa Park.
But fans of Aston Villa must remember just how impressive a player Lansbury has been in the Championship.
In the 2015-16 season, there was a case to say that the then-Forest midfielder was the best in the division. In fact, many neutrals would have suggested that Lansbury was the Championship’s best midfielder just two years ago.
It could be that keeping Lansbury will be a blessing in disguise for Aston Villa. If he can find his Forest form, then he will be like a new signing for the club.
As Tottenham close in on Jack Grealish, Daniel Levy’s hard bargaining should be applauded
The Villa youngster could be set for a late move to Spurs.
The signing has been left late in the window, much to the annoyance of Spurs fans, but Daniel Levy’s hard bargaining should be applauded as Tottenham seem set to buy Grealish for far less than Villa originally asked for.
The Mirror claimed that the Championship club initially were holding out for £40 million, but now they are willing to sell for around half of that amount.
If Spurs were to pinch the creative mastermind from Villa Park for around £20 million that would represent superb business, considering the inflated transfer market for young British talents.
Although the Levy’s style is immensely frustrating at times, there can be no arguing that a bargain of this magnitude is well worth waiting for.
If Tottenham had done their business too early on in the window, they could have been left paying far too much for the former English U-21 international.
But as the summer months progressed, news of Aston Villa’s financial woes increased. Given the new information, Spurs were put in a much stronger position as they knew Villa would be desperate to sell in order to offload Grealish’s high wages and rein in a transfer fee.
The north Londoners look primed to welcome one of the Championship’s finest midfield technicians to White Hart Lane, and at only 22 years of age, Grealish has time on his side to develop into a world class player.
Daniel Levy’s tough negotiating style is not ideal for most circumstances and rightfully draws the ire of the Tottenham faithful. Yet his bargaining nous has come in handy during the Jack Grealish saga, granting Spurs a much-improved deal.
Forgotten man Ritchie De Laet could play important role for Aston Villa
Aston Villa may have to give a second chance to the 29-year-old.
When Aston Villa snapped up Premier League winner Ritchie De Laet from Leicester City in the summer of 2016 it looked a great deal. He arrived after a season in which he won both the Premier League with Leicester City and promotion with Middlesbrough whilst on loan.
Considering he had also won promotion with Leicester in 2014, he looked a perfect addition for Aston Villa at just £2.5 million.
However, De Laet struggled. He played just three times in his first season at the club before picking up a knee injury against Brentford. He was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the campaign.
Last season he featured sporadically through the first-half of the season but in January was sent out on loan to his boyhood club Royal Antwerp until the end of the season.
That deal proved to be unsuccessful as well. The Belgian side decided not to bring in De Laet permanently after a struggle of a loan campaign which eventually saw him dropped.
But Aston Villa should embrace the fact the 29-year-old is back. Considering they need to sell highly-marketable players this summer, keeping De Laet on board would be wise.
He can play at left-back, right-back and on the wing. Add to that his excellent experience of winning promotion and Aston Villa need to keep him on board.
De Laet could be like a new signing for Aston Villa.