While a club that has just won the UEFA Champions League often does not need much work, Chelsea are a different story. While Blues fans revelled in the work done by Thomas Tuchel as he took the club from outside the top four to UCL glory, Chelsea are on the lookout for a new creative spark as well as a clinical new central striker. For the former position, though, a new name has emerged: Jack Grealish.
Despite boasting a series of creative talents including the likes of Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech alongside prospects like Billy Gilmour, as well as USMNT star Christian Pulisic, Chelsea are believed to have ‘concrete’ interest in making a move for the Villa playmaker. In his two years in the top-flight with Villa, Grealish has shown an incredible level of development. Upon relegation with Villa, he was seen as unfocused and inconsistent; today, he is rated as one of the most clutch attacking options in the English leagues.
Part of the interest from Chelsea stems from the lack of form of Ziyech. The Moroccan arrived from AFC Ajax at great expense, but has so far sporadically lived up to expectation. As such, Chelsea could look to flip the player to La Liga or Serie A, where has numerous admirers, and pick up Grealish instead. The player is believed to have immense interest from the top sides in England, but could be seen as the ideal pick for a Chelsea team that needs a primary playmaker.
For Grealish, it would offer the chance to play for a title winning club, link up with numerous England teammates, and live in London. With Chelsea a returning force at the top of the English game, the project could be too good to say no to.
Will Chelsea make a move for Jack Grealish?
All reports suggest that they will. With primary target Erling Haaland seemingly a no-show this summer, Chelsea might look to sign another playmaker whilst they wait for their prime central forward target to become available. The fee to get Grealish will likely be in the region of £80-100m, given his form and his contract situation. However, with Timo Werner showing up at the end of the season, Chelsea might find themselves willing to wait for a year and see how Werner does when surrounded by even better service.
A pure playmaker, Grealish can also hustle on defence and score goals from set-plays and from distance. He would offer Chelsea a creative spark that would work perfectly with a squad loaded with creative players, midfield runners, and high movement. Seen as the ideal fit for a Thomas Tuchel side, the arrival of Grealish would be a game-changer for the club.
Blues fans, then, will be hoping that this does not become another summer where marquee talent like Grealish slips through the net and signs for rivals. The club has just won the UCL; the time to strike is now, when the club is seen as an elite destination to top talent like Grealish.