Reports have emerged suggesting that a move for the England international to Manchester City is ‘as good as done’, with Villa willing to accept a bid of £100m, a fee that would be a British record, breaking the previous mark set by Paul Pogba during his move to Manchester United in 2016.
Speaking about the matter on TalkSport, Jordan felt that the bid from Manchester City put Villa in a position where they didn’t have a choice in the matter, whilst also hinting that this could have been driven by the player himself:
“The two guys that own Villa aren’t financial slobs either, so they don’t need the money. I suspect it’s more to do with the fact that Jack Grealish is in a situation where A) the money for Villa is irresistible and B) the player wants to go, irrespective of him being a Villa stalwart and signing a long-term contract.
“What the long-term contract did for Villa was basically say ‘Man City, you’ve got to pay a price. You’re not getting him for two and six, you’re not going to get him at a discounted price. We couldn’t care less about that little [pandemic] landscape. It’s this kind of money or you don’t get him.’”
TIF Thoughts on Simon Jordan’s comments about Jack Grealish and Manchester City…
Is Grealish worth £100 million?
This deal does come across as a deal that is simply too good for Villa to turn down, and whilst he is clearly an important player for Villa, bordering on being labelled a ‘one-man team’ because of what he brings to the team, when an offer comes in like that, it is hard to say no to.
Aston Villa have shown they mean business this summer, with the signing of Emiliano Buendía for a club-record fee a good indicator of that, and if they need more funds to add more pieces to the team and improve, then this money could bring in as many as three of four players for them to bolster the squad.
And whilst it might be emotional given the connection between him and his boyhood club, in the long run, it’s probably best for Villa. And if it gets Grealish competing for silverware as well, then this move would most certainly benefit him as well.