CHELSEA are reportedly close to hijacking Tottenham’s transfer for Jack Grealish after John Terry endorsed a move.
Both London clubs have had frustrating transfer windows so far, with just one outfield signing between them.
Jorginho joined the Blues in a double deal from Napoli along with boss Maurizio Sarri, whilst Rob Green has also signed on a free transfer from Huddersfield.
Whereas at Spurs, there has yet to be any kind of signing – with chief Daniel Levy unwilling to splash the cash yet.
But one star that has been linked with a move to north London is Aston Villa ace Grealish.
Villa have reportedly put a £20m price-tag on the Birmingham-born winger.
But media have reported that former Chelsea captain Terry has played a major role in the Blues taking control of the deal.
The England centre-back joined the Villans last summer and helped the club reach the Championship play-off final.
However, Fulham pipped them to the prize leaving the club in trouble financially.
Since then, Terry has departed Villa Park but during his season he became close to Grealish.
The youngster has a controversial reputation but, with the help of the veteran defender, showed everyone what he is capable of with a blinding season.
With the Championship side looking to sidestep Financial Fair Play, Grealish could be sold, with the Blues and Spurs in the hunt.
According to reports, a Villa source said: “The new owners do not need to sell players but are aware of Financial Fair Play next season, which is out of their hands.”
Meanwhile, Sarri’s Chelsea lost to Arsenal on penalties in Dublin last night – but the Italian is still happy with the performance.
He said: “I am very happy for the performance. We had the first training on the 16 of July.
“We are late compared to Arsenal on the physical condition. We have done very well in the first half and then we made a mistake in the last minute.
“But I am really happy for the performance.”