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London rivals in pursuit of Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish

Tottenham and Chelsea are set to battle it out for the signature of Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish ahead of next season.

The two London clubs are both said to be interested in bringing the Englishman up to the Premier League, however they'll have to fork out a hefty sum for the highly rated youngster.

Leicester, Newcastle, Everton, West Ham and new boys Fulham have also been linked with a move for the 22-year old, but it is believed he would prefer a switch to one of the two bigger clubs.

And it is likely to happen this summer with Villa having to go through a mega-sale of players in order to raise funds for the club.

The Midlands side value Grealish at just north of £30million, which is way beyond what Spurs are currently willing to pay having over £15million for the Championship stand-out.

Chelsea have come closer, with reports indicating they have offered £30million and have sweetened the deal by agreeing to send Grealish back on loan to Villa for the 2018-19 season.

However, so far Villa are holding out for more, with club sources indicating they think they can force one of the two clubs up to £40million for their star man.

Grealish was in top form for the Villains this season, recovering from an injury-laden start to the year to bounce back and make 33 appearances for the claret and blues, scoring three goals and adding six assists.

If his club are willing to hold out until they get the valuation they want, then this could be one of the transfer sagas of the summer.

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