Grealish was an outstanding player in Villa’s debut season in the Premier League. The midfielder has scored eight goals – including one on the last day to help them stay in shape. He also provided six assists in 36 appearances.
His form saw him strongly linked with a move to a bigger club. Manchester United reportedly have Grealish on their wishlist for the summer – and the 24 year old admitted he was ‘not sure’ what the future held.
United have seen their earnings increase to £ 120million as they claim a Champions League spot for next season. However, that doesn’t mean they plan to spend the money and the club are ready to take a stand if they feel a transfer rating is too high.
As such, Subway highlighted a problem with United’s pursuit of Grealish. The newspaper claims Villa has blocked a £ 75million fee on the player’s head – a figure United do not want to meet.
Villa would have struggled to secure these fees had they been relegated. But their survival gives them a greater ability to seek out what some may feel like an inflated price tag.
According to Subway, United have yet to make an official offer for Grealish. However, it is claimed that Ed Woodward and Co had discussed a £ 45million opening bid, as well as add-ons. This would have seen the deal reach a peak of £ 55million – around £ 20million less than Villa’s asking price.
United are, as such, ready to forgo the deal with their need for creative midfielders somewhat mitigated by Bruno Fernandes’ form. As with Grealish, United also had to play the long game before settling for a fee that they were happy with.
It is believed that Grealish is keen to move to Old Trafford, giving them hope that an agreement could still be settled.
But Villa’s unwavering refusal to negotiate could make it a long and difficult process for United.
Asked about a possible move to Old Trafford earlier this month, his agent Jonathan Barnett gave little.
“No agreement has been made with anyone,” he said. Stretty News.
“I don’t think they [Aston Villa] Looking at the championship themselves, they believe that hopefully they will get out of their troubles.
“Jack believes him, he’s fighting hard, as hard as he can to stop this.” That’s all he’s thinking about right now.
“He’s only interested in fighting to get Aston Villa out of trouble. ”
However, the still shy Barnett admitted that Champions League football would benefit his client.
Barnett added: “On the other hand, I think as far as his career is concerned it would be great for him to play in the Champions League and develop his great skills and I don’t know in which country or where this will be. .
“But that conversation isn’t going to happen now because all he wants to do is fight and help Aston Villa. “
Merson unsure of Grealish’s future
Former Villa star Paul Merson believes Grealish might be better placed to stay put. the Sky Sports The expert claims the club captain would not be able to play in the same way if he were to come close to Manchester United.
“I’m not sure,” Merson replied when asked if Grealish would be leaving Villa. “I think he could be there.
“This club suits him well. He can play as he wants, he gets the ball back. It is the big fish of the small pond and everything goes through it.
“And it’s nice for him – of course it is. He will touch the ball 100 times per game in each game.
“Now you go to Man Utd, you don’t play every week and you can’t play like you play. You have to hit twice and you have to give it and move and pass.
“I think he has to sit down and think about what he wants to do with his career. This is an important moment.
“I know his agent is probably going to say, ‘You know what, Jack, let’s move on, we’re going to have this and that.’ It’s not all about the money, you want to play football week after week.
“It is not guaranteed to play elsewhere. It’s not like the good old days. You’re going somewhere for £ 50-60million, and you play every week, even if you have a leg. It’s no longer the case now.
“You can win £ 50-60million now, three bad games and you’re out of the squad.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he still plays for his childhood club next season, I really wouldn’t.
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