Aston Villa are in quite the pickle, reportedly needing to raise €45m for failing to comply to Financial Fair Play after their gamble to spend big and get immediately back to the Premier League failed.
Tottenham, meanwhile, are looking to save themselves a whole lot of money by offering Villa a cut-rate offer for prized midfielder Jack Grealish.
A couple days ago, Villa manager Steve Bruce confirmed that the 22-year-old would be sold this offseason.
“Inevitably there is going to be player sales,” Bruce told Sam FM. “There are going to be people that I do not want to sell, and the obvious one is Jack [Grealish]. People will know that we have got financial problems and they’ll sit and wait, and wait, until Deadline Day possibly.
“I hope that doesn’t happen but we’ve got to baton down the hatches and wait for it.
“I have enjoyed working with Jack, and Jack is the obvious one that clubs [are going to target] because he had a wonderful six months. He reminded everybody as a 22-year-old what a very good player he is. On another day at Wembley [in the play-off final loss to Fulham] he could have scored one of the great Wembley goals.
“He is a special talent, a real special talent and, yes, you don’t want to lose him but the inevitable thing is we have to. We have to, to keep the club up and running and keep it in line with Financial Fair Play.”
Villa were hoping to originally make upwards of €35m for Grealish, however, with Villa’s pressing debt, they will likely be taken advantage of, with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy looking to get him for a price of €15-25m.
Surprisingly enough, there doesn’t seem to be any other clubs in for the star.
Spurs hope to have completed a deal for Grealish before they jet off on their pre-season tour of the USA, which is due to commence on 25 July.