Chelsea have seen a blow dealt to them in their pursuit of Aston Villa wonderkid Jack Grealish, as the 18-year-old has been offered a new four-year deal by his current club.
Reports earlier on today suggested that Jose Mourinho’s Blues were confident of landing the Midlands-based starlet in the January transfer window, but it would now seem that Villa are determined to fight their illustrious opponents every step of the way.
The young winger is highly-lauded at Villa Park and already has a burgeoning reputation which has served to accelerate the interest of his suitors.
Grealish at Villa
Grealish, who turns 19 tomorrow, burst onto the scene this season with a series of impressive displays for Paul Lambert’s first-team, and according to reports in the Birmingham Mail Villa have now offered him a four-year contract to secure his future.
It’s believed that the player himself is keen to continue his development with his current club, which further lowers the chances of him moving to Stamford Bridge, though that situation may change thanks to differences in opinion concerning his wages.
His agents are to meet with Lambert next week to continue negotiations, with a deal set to be wrapped up by the end of the month if all goes to plan. However Chelsea will be far more ready to meet any salary demands Grealish has, thanks to their lucrative financial backing.
The Blues have made a name for themselves in recent times thanks to their frequent ventures into the market to get the best young players around.
A host of youngsters are currently operating in loan capacities at a number of European sides whilst remaining on the books in west London, and it can be assumed that if Grealish did move to Chelsea he would be sent out elsewhere to continue his development.
At Villa Park however he will afforded first-team football in a side which has established itself as having potential to grow thanks to its youthful approach.
Lambert’s side may have flirted with relegation last term but they look more settled this time around and seven points out of a possible nine from their first three Premier League games sees them sitting comfortably near the summit of the table.
For Grealish, his development will benefit from the chance to play consistently in England’s top flight, which should swing his decision in Villa’s favour. However Mourinho is known to be a very clever negotiator, and it’s unlikely we’ve seen the last of Chelsea’s attempt to disrupt proceedings.