Jack Grealish is the footballer most likely to sign for Spurs before Thursday’s deadline, but nothing is agreed yet. Villa manager Steve Bruce has been speaking about the deal, and according to Dan Kilpatrick of the Standard the two clubs are still apart on their valuations of the 22-year-old midfielder.
“Nobody wants him to leave but there is a human element to it too,” said Villa boss Steve Bruce. “The owners have made it clear they don’t want to sell him and that still stands. Now if they get to a magical figure, then we will see. What that magical figure is I do not know.”
“He is an Aston Villa fan, his family are Aston Villa through and through, they were probably in the away end singing with the fans. It is an emotional thing for him, of course. But he is young and ambitious and wants to play in the Champions League and we understand that. We are all trying our best to hang on to him but there is no decision to be made as they are not at the figure where the owners are even blinking.”
There is no reason to doubt anything that Bruce is saying. Villa’s new owners are the ones in charge, and they still seem like they want to cash-in on Grealish to assuage the club’s hefty financial difficulties.
Daniel Levy knows that he has the leverage here. He knows that Aston Villa need to sell, and thus he is probably holding out for deadline day with a belief that they will then have to lower their asking price or face not selling the player at all.
According to the BBC, the clubs are currently £7 million apart in their negotiations. That number is small enough to make one think that a deal will eventually get done, but Levy is infamously tough to haggle with.
Grealish was impressive as he played 83 minutes in Villa’s 3-1 victory over Hull City yesterday. His corner kick provided the assist on their first goal of the day. The England U21 international spent a lot of the game dribbling past defenders with ease, only to then be harshly knocked to the ground for a foul.
It certainly felt like his last game played for the Villans. The away fans at the KCOM Stadium gave him a nice ovation as he was subbed off, and then they showered him with songs even after he had taken his seat on the bench.
Crazier things have happened, but the clubs should eventually find common ground and Jack Grealish should end up being Tottenham’s first signing of the summer.