Tottenham are reportedly in pole position to sign Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish, but landing him this summer could be a rare blunder by manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The Daily Mail claims that Spurs are leading the chase to sign the 22-year-old and that Pochettino feels he ticks a lot of boxes for his side.
It is understood that Leicester City, Everton and West Ham have also been in the mix for the attacking midfielder, but the player would prefer a move to Spurs.
Grealish is a highly-rated talent that has a huge future in the game, but Villa’s astronomical £40million price tag should be steered well clear of despite his potential.
Villa are in a dangerous financial position and the Mail’s report explains that Premier League club’s are expecting the Englishman’s price tag to drop down.
Pochettino has shown he is a good judge in character of young players in recent years, but a mistake could be looming if they fork out a large eight-figure sum for Villa’s talisman.
Grealish has enjoyed a decent season in the Championship where his team lost out in the play-off finals, but it would be too big an ask to expect him to make the jump up to a top-six club in the Premier League.
He would get nowhere near the Spurs starting XI right now and is perhaps still a couple of years off being that top quality that could earn him a big-money move.
Spurs should consider investing in finished articles instead this summer and a couple of high-profile additions could be exactly what is needed to get the North London club over the line in the pursuit of silverware.
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