Daniel Levy’s habit of trying to save every penny out of a transfer deal appears to be bitten him on the arse, following Aston Villa’s takeover.
Tottenham have been heavily linked with a move for their star midfielder Jack Grealish, who is valued at £40 million by the Championship outfit, while Tottenham were said to be preparing a cut-price offer in the region of £20 million, with Villa practically over a barrel at the time in dire financial need.
However, Tottenham’s opening offer will now likely need to be higher following the investment at Villa. While they still need to sell players in order to comply with Financial Fair Play rules, Tottenham seem to have lost the upper hand in the bargaining stakes.
This has even led to Villa boss Steve Bruce making public hints to Tottenham that they need to come to the table with an offer which suits his club.
“If we have to sell them then at least we get the right price for them and can move forward,” Bruce told the Birmingham Mail.
“When you’re up against it and hanging your dirty washing out in public then the vultures are circling and ready to nick your assets.
“At least that’s not going to be the case – well I know that’s not going to be the case – because I’ve had that conversation already.
“So if anybody is going to buy one of our players now they are going to have to pay a premium.”
Bruce added: “It’s only what somebody else is prepared to pay – what he’s worth. I know for a fact from the owners – new investors – anybody wanting to buy Jack Grealish will not buy him on the cheap.
“Until I have the conversation I can’t really answer the question. What is he worth? Who knows?”
Tottenham’s frustrating transfer window continues. While I appreciate that the club is a business, Levy has certainly for once tried to push his shrewdness too far and will either end up costing us more, or will mean that Grealish will not be on his way to the club.
The club have today travelled to the USA for their pre-season matches against AS Roma, Barcelona and AC Milan and there isn’t one new player within the confirmed squad list.
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