According to a report by the Daily Mirror, both Man United and Man City are eyeing a January pursuit for Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish – with the Premier League duo about to potentially cause a huge concern for Dean Smith, who won’t want to lose his star playmaker.
Grealish, who has been ‘phenomenal‘ this term, lighting up the English top flight for Villa whilst his side remain just three points off a European place, is now turning the heads of both Manchester clubs as this transfer news emerges.
Grealish battle emerges
Becoming a firm part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of the postponed Euro 2020, the playmaker has shone for both club and country as the Villans now face a January transfer battle to keep him from leaving.
As per the Mirror, despite Grealish’s value soaring to around £100 million, coupled with the fact he penned a new £130,000-per-week deal back in September, this still hasn’t put off suitors with Man City and Pep Guardiola in particular being firm admierers.
Man United have also registered their intent according to this report, and despite Villa’s stance on letting him leave, that hasn’t stopped both sides – who are about to ‘test the water’ with potential bids in January.
Even though Villa are reluctant to sell Grealish, either of the interested parties qualifying for next season’s Champions League could be a ‘decisive factor‘ in the 25-year-old quitting his boyhood team.
Time will tell whether this does come to fruition, with it being highly unlikely in January for now, but this could come as a potentially seismic blow given Grealish’s rising stock and the desire to lure him away from Villa Park.
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