Chelsea have stolen a march on Arsenal and Tottenham by launching a £30m move to sign England youngster Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish this summer, according to reports.
Grealish has been with Villa his entire career having joined the clubs youth ranks as a kid and he’s progressed through the system to become a vital player at Villa Park in recent years.
The 22- year-old was instrumental in their promotion push last season that saw Steve Bruce’s side reach the Championship play-off final where they narrowly lost out to Fulham at Wembley.
The England Under-21 international has attracted interest from the Premier League with TeamTalk claiming that Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are among a host of clubs to have expressed their interest this summer.
Arsenal need to strengthen their midfield options as Jack Wilshere is set to leave after failing to sign a new deal while Spurs are also in the market for midfield reinforcements amid speculation linking Mousa Dembele with a move to Italy.
However, it looks like Chelsea have stolen a march on their London rivals as TeamTalk claim the Blues have tested Villa’s resolve with an offer worth around £30m for Grealish’s signature.
That bid falls short of Villa’s £40m valuation but the report says Chelsea are willing to send the midfielder back on loan to the Midland’s club for the 2018/19 campaign before linking up with them in 12 months time.
Chelsea,on the other hand are yet to decide on who will be in the dug-out next season as Antonio Conte officially remains Chelsea manager while the search of a new manager remains intact. We don’t know who is pushing for the Grealish deal. Is it the board or Conte? fingers crossed.