Tottenham closer to signing £30m playmaker after statement from club official

Tottenham have been handed a further boost in the pursuit of Jack Grealish, following Aston Villa’s CEO’s admission that the club is open to player sales this summer.

Mauricio Pochettino has been targeting the 22-year-old for over a year and after Villa’s failure to secure a return to the Premier League last season, the door is now open for a deal.

The Villains are also thought to be in financial trouble at the moment, which is likely to force them into selling star players.

Aston Villa CEO Tony Xia has admitted the Championship club must ‘player trade’ in order to meet Financial Fair Play restrictions, as Tottenham step up their interest in signing Grealish.

“To be clear, to meet FFP we need to player trade. No shareholding sale of any size will contribute to meeting FFP.” said Xia

“We must reduce costs and increase revenue.”

Villa are also reported to be asking for £30m for the midfielder, who has been deemed by many as one of the next stars for England.