Danny Mills has tipped Aston Villa to knock £10million off Chelsea’s asking price for Ross Barkley.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Premier League defender suggested Villa could be desperate to sign the 27-year-old permanently because their talismanic captain Jack Grealish could force a move away.
This site revealed during the week that Chelsea value Barkley at £35million but Dean Smith is yet to be convinced of a permanent deal because of his mixed form.
Since returning from injury in January Barkley has scored just once and has dropped to the bench in Villa’s last three games despite Grealish’s injury.
Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “If Chelsea are saying £35million now that’s going to drop later on.
“If Villa got him for £25million I think that would be a good price in today’s current market.
“He just needs to finish the season well, just up his standards a little bit and prove that he’s worth it.
“There’s always the issue that Jack Grealish can go. You have to be realistic. Villa fans won’t like that but if somebody comes in with big, big money…
“Let’s say Grealish goes to the Euros and plays very, very well he’s going to be thinking ‘hang on a minute, Villa at best, are going to challenge for the Europa League next season and to get into the top six is going to be very difficult with all the clubs improving.’
“Does he want to go into the Champions League? Does he want to be challenging for trophies at the age he’s at?
“If someone comes in for big money there’s a chance they could lose Jack Grealish.
“Let’s say he goes to the Euros has a good tournament and does well. He’s with other internationals and they’re all talking about playing in the Champions League and challenging for titles. All of sudden he’s like ‘Oh, I want a bit of that. I’m as good as these lads, I want a bit of that.’
“Even if Villa were to be unbelievably successful over the next two seasons, are they going to get in the Champions League? You’d have to say it’s a huge outside chance.”