It is destined to be a great summer for Tottenham Hotspur.
After a difficult campaign, the North London team will set the wheels in motion to challenge the first four places of the next term.
A position in the Champions League is almost out of the question this season, which means that efforts must be doubled once the transfer window is opened.
If Jose Mourinho has to get back on track, it is as if Spurs needs wholesale reinforcements.
A targeted position is the attack in midfield.
Christian Eriksen passed by the club in the January relocation window and it appears that Mourinho may be excited to bring a director to add some creativity to the center of the park.
Several names have been linked to Spurs, such as Philippe Coutinho.
The midfielder is available after being considered a surplus over Barcelona’s requirements.
A number of clubs are said to be interested in a move for the Brazilian – particularly Chelsea and Newcastle United – with the star declared available for a reduced price of £ 44.5 million.
However another related name is Jack Grealish.
The midfielder has established himself as the talisman of Dean Smith’s Aston Villa team after returning the team to the Premier League.
But with his youth club at the peak of relegation, it seems that the days of the 24 year old in Villa Park are numbered.
Reports claim that regardless of whether Villa avoids the drop in this term, he will likely be looking for new pastures as he tries to realize his potential in the top flight.
Manchester United have been heavily linked, however a move to Grealish is likely to cost the region of £ 80 million.
Given Tottenham Hotspur’s lack of creativity, it’s possible that they could revisit the player they’ve targeted in past years, however according to Football London’s Alasdair Gold, a move would be plausible only if the funds had been raised from some important starts.
Gold wrote: “I can’t see Spurs offering Grealish without moving someone expensive.
“I think there will be some battle for the man in the Villa. As I said about Tanguy Ndombele, the current plan is to keep trying to develop it.”
Phil Spencer of GIVEMESPORT says …
The news of the likely departure of Jack Grealish will surely be a blow to Villa’s supporters.
The midfielder embodies exactly what Aston Villa is like as a local boy who went on to become a talisman in his home club.
Losing it will be a heavy blow, but it is understandable.
Grealish has passed Aston Villa and deserves the opportunity to challenge himself to a higher level of the game.
He is a great player and this means that I have no doubts about his ability to make him a high level club.
Provided that Aston Villa receives a good rate, I think it is probably the best thing for all parties.
It seems unlikely that Spurs would have made a move for the midfielder, but given their previous interest I would not be surprised if an agreement was made.
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