Former Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott has discussed the rumours linking Jack Grealish with a move to Manchester United.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has arguably had the best season of his career at Villa in 2019/20. Netting an impressive seven goals and gaining six assists in the Premier League this term, the club captain has gained transfer interest from Manchester United, who are now said to be preparing a summer move.
With the interest from United being made known in the media, Villa’s owner’s Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have set an asking price of £80m on the playmaker. That figure is unlikely to decrease if Villa are relegated to the Championship.
Touching on the matter at hand, Grealish’s former Villa team-mate Lescott has given his opinion, saying that the club need to ensure his exit is as easy as possible.
Speaking to The Beautiful Game Podcast, Lescott said: “For him to move now, it’s not a bad decision. I don’t think any Villa fan would discourage him from leaving.
“They know he played a massive part in them getting promoted. If they stay up he’s played a massive part in that.
“(It would be wrong) to ridicule him now for leaving when he’s on the cusp of becoming a top player. He’s shown that he can perform in a team that doesn’t play to his strengths, so going to a team that does can only enhance his reputation.
“I think he has to leave. It’s going to be difficult now with the current scenario. I think if the season had finished normally he definitely would have left. There’d have been too much interest for him not to leave.
“Aston Villa should make that decision as easy as possible for him. It shouldn’t be done last minute where he potentially has to put in a transfer request. It should be: ‘This is what we want, give us this and you can have him.’
“Let him leave clean and leave his reputation intact so everybody knows, ‘Yeah, he did what he did for us, now go and do it for someone else’.”
Lescott’s comments on Grealish’s potential summer exit are fair – after all, Villa fans may have to deal with being relegated if the club cannot find form to get out of the bottom three.
Should Villa remain in the Premier League, the midfielder’s sale would likely provide Dean Smith with plenty of funds to bring in some new players, something that should be embraced.
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