Aston Villa are expected to face a battle to keep ahold of Jack Grealish when the transfer window re-opens and may have to concede defeat, according to Bleacher Report.
It is claimed Manchester United have kept the talented Villan as a priority signing and have not given up on trying to bring him to Old Trafford, with it being felt likely that a move will happen.
There has been talk that hints Aston Villa want around £80m for their captain, however it has been suggested that they could be tempted to accept an offer of around £60m instead.
Indeed, if Aston Villa were to lose Grealish, it could be a real blow and one that has detrimental consequences on the side if they failed to reinvest any transfer fee they received for their talented skipper.
It may be of no real surprise, but the 24-year-old has been the Villans’ best-performing player this season. According to WhoScored, the midfielder has managed to achieve a match rating of 7.33 over the 26 Premier League appearances he has been able to make so far before the campaign came to a halt.
Of course, Grealish has brought a number of goal contributions to Dean Smith’s side – having bagged seven and provided six assists – however he also offers his boyhood club plenty in the middle of the park that would be sorely missed if he were to depart.
According to WhoScored, he averages 2.1 shots per game (the joint-highest of everyone at the club), 2.7 key passes (the most by a considerable distance), completes 2.2 dribbles (second behind John McGinn) and draws the most fouls with 4.9 per game.
Thus, it is rather easy to see why it could be a devastating blow to Aston Villa if they were to lose their star player when the transfer window re-opens.
However, it can not be considered a surprise that a club of the magnitude of Manchester United are said to be interested and that could be an opportunity to big for Grealish to turn down if it does mean leaving his boyhood club – something that almost happened a few years ago with Tottenham Hotspur.
Indeed, time will tell as to whether he leaves Villa Park, although it will be interesting to see what the transfer fee would be in order to tempt the Birmingham-based outfit into conducting business.
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