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.
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.
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.
TBR View – Harsh to criticise Levy too strongly?
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.