Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has claimed that he does not expect Tottenham to make an offer for Jack Grealish this summer, even if Aston Villa get relegated.
Tottenham famously tried to sign Grealish from Villa two summers ago, with The Sun reporting that they could have secured their man for just £6 million in 2018.
The North Londoners are still said to hold an interest in the midfielder, with The Daily Star reporting at the start of April that Spurs were ready to pay upwards of £50 million to land him.
They also revealed that the Lilywhites were facing competition from Manchester United and Everton for the Villa star.
Meanwhile, The Mirror reported last week that Villa had asked interested clubs to pay a whopping £80 million for the 24-year-old’s services.
Gold believes that Villa will let Grealish leave if they do go down this summer but he claimed that Tottenham are unlikely to make an approach for the midfielder.
He said: “Villa would likely allow him (Grealish) to leave should they get relegated. He knuckled down after his move to Spurs fell apart, almost single-handedly dragged them up the Championship table and to promotion and has done his best to try to keep them up in the Premier League.
“He’s worked hard for them and should they go down you would imagine they will let him move on.
“I’ve given my opinion plenty of times about how much of a mistake at the time it was for Spurs not to push harder to get Grealish before Villa’s new investors came in and how he could have given Pochettino a vital second option to Christian Eriksen when the team ran out of steam.
“It didn’t happen and if he’s not crazily priced by Villa then United and Spurs will both look at him but I’d be surprised if Tottenham bid again despite coming so close last time.
“There’s a new manager in charge since those days and Grealish might not fit the bill for Mourinho as he did for Pochettino, particularly with the new midfield arrivals in the past year, even if Tottenham do need to increase their homegrown numbers.”
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I do not expect Grealish to cost anywhere near £80 million this summer, particularly if Villa go down. He will be desperate to leave and so the club will have to reduce their asking price. However, I cannot see us making an offer for him unless we decide to let someone like Ndombele leave this summer, nor do I think we are desperate for a midfielder with his characteristics at the moment.
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