Aston Villa’s new executive chairman, Nassef Sawiris, has told Spurs that he is not interested in their money.
This comes after Daniel Levy had tried to low-ball Villa in July for Grealish’s signature, offering £15m rather than the asking price of £40m.
Aston Villa were going through turmoil at the time, as they had lost around £30m over the course of the season, which put them under the headlight of Financial Fair Play Regulations. Therefore they were backed into a corner regarding transfer negotiations, and almost had to offload their best player in Grealish to balance the books.
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Sawiris has also declined offers from other potential suitors Chelsea for Grealish, as the club look to hold on to their talisman for at least another year in their bid for promotion this season.
Levy must now look elsewhere, unless he’s willing to meet the asking price of £40m or more. He’s reportedly taken a keen interest in Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook, who might be available for around £30m this summer.