Date: 22nd June 2018 at 5:00pm
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Chelsea and West Ham remain interested in signing Jack Grealish, according to the Daily Telegraph journalist John Percy.

The journalist is also still adamant that Tottenham will make a low offer of £15m despite the Birmingham Mail confirming that no bids have been received by the club for the player.

With two London clubs also involved, it could force Spurs to up their offer if they are considering making a derisory bid for Jack.

It looks as though Tony Xia has secured enough financing to pay this month’s bills, but the long-term future looks far from certain.

We may need as much as £40m to ensure we comply with Financial Fair Play rules, which may force us into selling our no.10.

So far though, there has been a lot of talk about the playmaker’s future, but there has been little to no movement in terms of formal bids up until this point.

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One Reply to “Two More London Clubs Tipped To Join Race To Sign Villa Playmaker”

  • I still believe Grealish will go for closer to £20M than £30 or £40M.

    We are currently a selling club and I don’t think other sides will view the player in quite the same way as the holding club and the Villa faithful. There is, arguably, some gamble in taking him on, as his Premier League exposure is minimal and he is not a proven goalscorer or assist king.

    I am not convinced Liverpool are really suitors and fancy Spurs, Fulham and Newcastle might be the more likely bidders. In the end, I reckon we might feel a bit disappointed with the final sale price.

    If I am right (and I hope I am not), I cannot see Chester being retained if the Grealish fee is a lower end sale price. If the pair bring in a combined transfer income of, perhaps, £30-32M, I think that will be a major financial step forward, even if we will feel short-changed. Whether Kodjia or a combination of other players (perhaps from Bjarnason, Elphick, Green, Davis or Adomah) have to go too is less certain. If I were guessing, I could see a total of four or five leaving for fees.

    An on-going problem lies with some of the squad we are likely to have left, who we might more readily move on, but cannot shift due to heavy salaries and small or radically diminished re-sale values (e.g. Richards, Whelan, Jedinak, Taylor, Gardner, Tsibole, Lansbury, McCormack & Hogan). Shifting one or two of these players would be a bit of a coup. I should imagine Jedi and, perhaps, Hogan would be options we would want to keep, but there is some real excess baggage in that squad, which might remain until contracts expire.

    There has been some really poor transfer decisions over recent years, including many of the transactions made under Bruce’s reign. The fact he doesn’t regularly play half of his own choices tells a tale.

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