Tottenham Hotspur target Jack Grealish will cost “a hell of a lot of money” to sign this summer, according to Aston Villa manager Dean Smith, per the Daily Telegraph.
Grealish has emerged as a star performer at Villa Park over recent seasons and has been integral to the club’s push for promotion to the Premier League this term.
He will play for Villa at Wembley on Bank Holiday Monday, with Smith’s men set to take on Derby County in the Championship play-off final.
It is likely, per the aforementioned report, that Grealish will be sold if Villa lose.
But, even if they fail to win promotion, Smith has insisted that the club’s resolve to keep their captain will only strengthen.
He said: “He is committed to Aston Villa and we’ve not even spoken about it otherwise.
“If we don’t go up he’ll cost someone a hell of a lot of money if they want to buy him.”
Daniel Levy made an expensive mistake last summer.
Grealish was an attainable target then, with Villa facing serious financial difficulties and under pressure to sell.
But Levy waited too long and played hardball, with Spurs missing out on a player who could have added both depth and quality to the attacking midfield positions.
They will surely be watching the play-off final with interest but Smith’s words suggest they face yet more disappointment in their attempts to bring Grealish in this summer.
Levy, surely, will be regretting the decisions of 2018.