Opinion: Looking at whether Spurs could sign Jack Grealish this summer

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Spurs are in need of reinforcements this summer and Jack Grealish is certainly one that most fans would be happy with.

This poses the obvious question, Could Spurs afford to bring in the highly talented 25-year-old?

In all honesty, it’s unlikely. With the Telegraph reporting in December of 2020 that Aston Villa wanted £100 million for the Englishman, that is simply money Spurs do not have. And even if Tottenham did have that money, it would be spent on defenders.

Nonetheless, there is a world in which Tottenham can afford the signing. A world that is not too unrealistic. A world that requires Daniel Levy’s negotiation skills, loan players returning to the club, selling certain deadwood, and letting Dele Alli go.

Given Daniel Levy’s negotiation skills, we will assume that he can bring Grealish’s price down to around £60 million.

This is due to the fact Grealish had a lengthy injury this season and he seems to have a soft spot for Spurs, having posted on his Instagram story about Tottenham wins and commenting on Spurs player’s posts multiple times in the past.

It’s a stretch but for the sake of argument, let’s stick with the assumption that Grealish would want to swap Villa for Tottenham.

Next, Spurs would have to bring back Oliver Skipp from Norwich City and Ryan Sessegnon from Hoffenheim.

Skipp and Sessegnon have both enjoyed successful seasons with Skipp earning promotion to the Premier League and Sessegnon gaining valuable experience in the Bundesliga.

By bringing those two back, it allows the club to sell ageing players in their respective positions.

Those two players would be Ben Davies and Moussa Sissoko. Aged 28 and 31 respectively, the pair have been on a steady decline since the fantastic 18/19 season.

Davies, valued at £12.5 million, and Sissoko, valued at £10.15 million, could potentially raise around £22.65 million. And the best part about that deal is Spurs would not have to replace them as Sessegnon and Skipp are already a part of the club.

Now, with £22.65 million in the bank, Spurs will still need to raise more funds to sign Grealish.

One of the biggest issues for signing new players is the selling club needs to find a replacement. This is why for Spurs to sign Grealish, they will have to lose a playmaker of their own, Dele Alli.

With Dele picking up form right at the season’s close, it is sure to boost his transfer value. Along with the fact Dele is English, counts as homegrown, and is also only 25. Surely with all this, Alli would be able to make up the remaining £37.35 million.

Spurs would then be able to at least make a reasonable bid to sign Jack Grealish at a net spend of £0.

Of course, Spurs could end up selling Kane and have plenty to sign Grealish with, but let’s not talk about that.

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