Chelsea are hoping to beat a number of Premier League rivals to Jack Grealish after TEAMtalk learnt the Blues have offered Aston Villa a package they believe will seriously tempt them to do business.
Villa are demanding £40million for the England U21 midfielder, though their financial difficulties means they will have a hard time getting anywhere near their asking price for their talented youngster.
But according to our sources, Chelsea are ready to spend up to £30million on Grealish AND are willing loan him back to Villa for the 2018/19 season, in the hope that could be enough to land the 22-year-old.
Despite the interest in his services, TEAMtalk has also learnt that Grealish had wanted to stay at Villa Park for at least another 12 months – that in spite of their failure to return to the Premier League through the play-offs.
However, the Birmingham-born star will move on if it helps ease their financial woes – with the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton, West Ham and Newcastle all also keen.
However, Chelsea’s proposal to Villa could yet force their hand.
The Blues are always looking for young talent and whilst Grealish would be unlikely to push for a first-team place at this stage in his career, the club’s hierarchy believe he could be a major investment and they would be willing to let him stay at Villa Park for a further 12 months.
Villa will have to give serious thought to Chelsea’s proposal, but having slapped a price-tag of £40million on the star, it remains to be seen if anyone will get near that valuation.
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