Harry Redknapp has told his own podcast that he thinks Arsenal should sign Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, claiming that the playmaker should be playing for a bigger club than Dean Smith’s side having starred for the Midlands outfit.
Grealish, 25, has been sensational for Villa this season. Clocking up 16 appearances in all competitions for Smith’s men, Grealish has had a hand in 15 goals – scoring six and creating nine as well as breaking into England’s side, winning three caps.
The Telegraph claim that Villa value Grealish at a whopping £100million and will not allow the playmaker to leave for a figure smaller than that. Arsenal, meanwhile, are struggling for funds – recently taking out a loan worth £120million to cover the pandemic costs.
Ex-Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham manager Redknapp has told his new podcast – which saw him speak to Piers Morgan in Tuesday’s first episode – that he thinks Grealish needs to leave Villa for a bigger club, suggesting Arsenal as a possible new home.
“I think they [Arsenal] have to spend,” said Redknapp. “They are way off it, at the moment. They need to bring a bit of quality. Arsenal is a massive football club – Take a Grealish. He needs to play at the bigger club.”
Morgan stated that he would “break the bank” for Grealish, to which Redknapp responded “absolutely”. Indeed, if Grealish is to cost £100million, he would be a club-record move for Arsenal – with that record currently attributed to Nicolas Pepe, for £72million.
TBR’s view – Arsenal desperately need a Grealish, but they cannot afford him
Despite Emile Smith-Rowe’s excellent form in recent matches, Arsenal lack a playmaker that can take the club back into the top four. Mesut Ozil’s omission has seen the Gunners linked with Emi Buendia and Houssem Aouar, but nothing has materialised.
If Arsenal had all the money in the world, a player like Grealish would be absolutely ideal for the North London club. But the Gunners stand next to no chance in landing the Villa skipper, with Villa under no pressure to sell their best player.