Report: Levy decision backfired after Spurs could have signed £80m-rated player for just £6m

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Tottenham’s failure to complete a transfer for Jack Grealish in 2018 now appears to have been a massive oversight by the North London club.

The Aston Villa midfielder admitted to The Telegraph shortly after the summer window closed that he was disappointed that the move collapsed and it did affect his performances for the first few months of the 2018/19 campaign whilst the Midlanders were still in the Championship.

Since then, the 24-year-old has gone from strength to strength, helping Villa win promotion back to the top flight and has been arguably their most consistent performer this season.

Grealish was particularly impressive during yesterday’s 3-2 defeat to Tottenham where he caused Jose Mourinho’s defence plenty of problems.

The Sun claim that Villa were prepared to sell Grealish for just £6million 18 months ago due to their poor financial situation under former owner Dr Tony Xia and were in a race against time to repay a portion of their debt in order avoid going into administration.

The report suggests that the reason behind the midfielder’s failed transfer to Spurs was down to the fact that Daniel Levy ended up losing out on his man because he wanted to save £2million on the transfer fee.

It is suggested that Levy believed he could take advantage of the Villans’ desperation and get his man for just £4million rather than the £6million which was being asked for.

Levy decided to make Villa sweat on his offer by boarding a flight to Los Angeles with the rest of the Spurs squad for their pre-season tour and the decision backfired.

By the time which Levy had arrived in LA, Villa had taken over by billionaires Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens who raised the asking price to £40million, Levy did consider a £20million offer but instead decided to walk away from the deal. 

The report claims that the Premier League strugglers now value Grealish at around £80 million following his impressive displays this campaign.

Spurs Web Opinion

It is a shame we missed out on Grealish as he seems like he is born to play for Spurs. Unfortunately, he is almost certainly beyond our price range at the moment. Additionally, I think we are fairly well stocked for central and attacking midfielders at the moment and so I don’t believe that he is still on our radar.

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