Aston Villa are confident of keeping Jack Grealish at the club despite mounting interest from Tottenham.
Spurs had been hopeful of striking a £20m deal for the midfielder, but Villa’s sale to new billionaire owners has all but ended that prospect.
With the Championship club no longer needing to sell, Daniel Levy’s hard-bargaining appears to have backfired as Mauricio Pochettino continues in his search for a first signing of the summer.
The England Under 21 international has been pushing for a move away from Villa Park after they failed to secure promotion back to the Premier League in May.
The 22-year-old has told team-mates he wants to move to Spurs this summer.
He wants to play in the Champions League and believes Pochettino can improve his chances of a call-up to the England senior side.
Villa have not yet received a bid for Grealish from Tottenham, who had been valued at £35m.
They had needed £40million to comply with Financial Fair Play guidelines, before Tony Xia completed the sale of the club.
Egyptian billionaires Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens completed their swift takeover of on Wednesday, and have sought to block Grealish’s exit.
The new owners moved to assure Steve Bruce of his future earlier in the week, despite their interest in hiring Thierry Henry.
Bruce will be at the helm for the start of the season as Villa begin their third season in the Championship, and believe that Grealish will be there to spearhead their push for the Premier League.