Date: 8th June 2018 at 7:00pm
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Tottenham’s Daniel Levy believes he can get Jack Grealish for £15million if you go by what the Daily Telegraph say. Of course, under normal circumstances, such a number would be considered derisory and we would dismiss it out of hand, but considering the financial issues, there will be vultures circling looking to exploit the situation.

We are not holding any of the cards, that is for sure, and we can’t expect rival clubs to feel sympathetic to our problems, so in that sense, such lowball offers are entirely expected.

However, setting a precedent for selling our prized asset for such a paltry figure would not only shatter the morale of what is an already de-moralised fanbase, it would leave us exposed to other clubs wanting to sign our other stars on the cheap.

At the moment, our financial state in the medium to long term is unclear; a fire sale may be the only way to balance the books, but we should not be exploited by other teams. Players like Grealish have a market value, completely separate to our club’s economic situation, but that won’t stop teams trying to take advantage.

Like every other supporter, I don’t want Jack to leave but I’m being realistic, there are few players who can be sold for big enough numbers to help us get through this mess. James Chester would be one other and perhaps Jonathan Kodjia. Legend Dennis Mortimer says it looks inevitable that we’ll have to sell, and I’m inclined to agree with him.

Hopefully, if the Telegraph report is true and Levy is in the hunt for our no.10, £15m is just an opening gambit. He is a notoriously tough negotiator and you only have to look at his negotiations over the sale of Toby Alderweireld to United to know that.

What will certainly go in our favour is that there is a lot of interest in the midfielder. It is believed that Newcastle, Leicester, Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham are all looking at him now, and perhaps that can push his price to at least double what Levy would be looking to pay.

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7 Replies to “Selling Villa Talisman For Just £15m Would Set A Dangerous Precedent”

  • If we can get to a position where two or three clubs are vying for his services, I think a sale price in the low £20K range might be achievable.

    Realistically, he is an unproven PL performer and our needs are great (and everyone knows that). Although not quite the same type of player, Will Hughes was snapped up by Watford for £8-10M. Now, I am not directly comparing the two players, other than both had played for England U21s and come from the Championship. Figures of £30-40M might be aspirational, but no PL side will pay that.

    Funny isn’t it that we bought three expensive strikers, which has primarily put us in the mess we are in, yet no one has really mentioned the sale of one or two of them. I understand from the press we still owe £6M on the McCormack deal and Bruce refuses to play him. What a shambles.

  • Of course, my last reply should have read £20M!!

    Even we are not that desperate – are we?

  • Spurs fan – If Grealish comes to us he will definitely flourish under Poch and if Poch really he wants him Levy will get him at a bargain price. But what is going on at Villa, a great second city club? You really should be in the Premier League!

    • As much as a I hate saying it, but yes Poch would be a good manager for JG but Levy can suck my hairy balls when it comes to him being as successful on deals when it comes to this one! lol Wimmer £18million….wow.

  • Guys …… Please wake up …. Jack Grealish is an absolutely superb all round footballer (the ball is his friend for sure) and a future England international superstar in my opinion, he is that good, he is a diamond.

    The Aston Villa Football Club should be looking to net around 40 million pounds for his transfer fee at least (and crucially also insist on a 25 % sell on clause fee for any future transfer)

    I confidently predict that Jack Grealish will one day generate a 100 million pound plus transfer fee (Unless Spurs ‘if he actually signs for them?’ … Can manage to hold on to him at White Hart Lane.)

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