Arsenal have reportedly made a move to sign Aston Villa star Jack Grealish, according to reports.
Sky Sports are claiming that the Gunners have made an enquiry for the Villa Park hero but have not made a significant follow up on that initial contact.
It is suggested that Arsenal could be one of several teams to pursue Grealish again this summer, however, the player’s asking price would make a deal unlikely.
Aston Villa are said to be adamant that any buying club must pay their asking price of £80 million for the England hopeful this summer.
It is suggested several clubs have made their interest known in a deal that could be worth £50-£60 million but Aston Villa are not interested.
Arsenal fans would undoubtedly welcome Grealish to the club, who could bring some of the midfield guile that has been missing at The Emirates since Mesut Ozil’s slip down the pecking order.
His signing would certainly be appreciated by former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
“Grealish is a natural footballer like England has always produced in its history,” said Wenger, as reported by The Guardian, prior to a meeting with Villa in the 2015 FA Cup final. “He looks comfortable and can take people on. He has good timing with his passes, is calm and does not look fazed by anything. I don’t know how old he is but he will be top quality.”
Grealish recently helped Aston Villa defeat Arsenal 1-0 and eventually survive the drop from the Premier League.
Arsenal fans were left purring at that performance and would also love to see their club sign a player who has been a long-term target for North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
However, at £80 million, a deal looks highly unlikely.