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Report: Tottenham missed chance to sign Jack Grealish for £6m

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Report: Tottenham missed chance to sign Jack Grealish for £6m

A report from The Sun has suggested that Tottenham Hotspur were within touching distance of signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for just £6 million. 

Grealish has been outstanding for the Villans since their return to the Premier League. The Sun reports that he is now valued at £80 million, having scored seven and provided five assists in the top flight this season.

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Whatever happens to Dean Smith’s men this term, it looks safe to say that they will be expecting a fight to keep Grealish this summer.

And it will be interesting to see whether Spurs are one of the contenders in the race for his signature.

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That is because The Sun has claimed that Daniel Levy missed the opportunity to sign Grealish for just £6 million back in 2018.

The report suggests that Villa were willing to sell for that fee as they desperately looked for a boost in funds.

However, Levy was reportedly keen to negotiate further. The Sun claims that the Spurs chairman hoped to pay £4-£5 million for the attacking midfielder.

 

It is suggested that Levy boarded a flight at a time when Villa were open to a £6 million deal. However, by the time he had landed, the club had moved towards a takeover that prevented a fire sale.

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Of course, it would be easy to suggest that Levy produced a major blunder. But perhaps, it would be unfair to be too critical of the Tottenham chief.

It is almost a freak set of circumstances. And it would arguably not be a huge surprise if other clubs also spent too long weighing up whether to make a move for Grealish while he was available.

Levy is clearly not blameless if the reports are correct. He was apparently willing to pay £5 million for Grealish. So not paying the additional £1 million obviously looks to be an error – particularly now.

But if Villa were as desperate as the report suggests, you could understand why the Spurs man felt that a lower fee could have been enough to get the job done.

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