Enter the Independent, which says that if Spurs don’t come back with a final, acceptable bid, Villa will instead offer Grealish a new contract in the next few weeks that will improve upon his existing deal, which runs until 2020.
Grealish reported for Villa training this morning and there don’t appear to be any helicopters or anything waiting to swoop him off to London. There is (he said hopefully) still time, but not much, and there are conflicting reports about Spurs giving up their interest.
I don’t have any evidence to back this up, but I just wonder what Grealish will do if Villa really do offer him a new contract. He was reportedly very disappointed that he was not allowed to leave for Champions League football at Spurs, and while he’s not likely to kick up a fuss at the club that brought him through the youth ranks, one wonders if he’s willing to sign a new deal and then potentially go through all of this again either in January or next summer, assuming Villa don’t promote again.
The Independent also dropped a juicy bit of gossip, stating that Daniel Levy’s original proposal for Grealish was “£3m plus Josh Onomah,” which is just so Levy I can’t stand it.