Football journalist and Aston Villa fan Luis Miguel Echegaray has been sharing some details regarding Jack Grealish and the reported transfer interest in him.
This comes after Echegaray made a guest appearance on a recent episode of the LFC Transfer Room Podcast where he spoke about a range of transfer-related topics.
On the subject of Grealish, who has been linked with a move away from Villa Park this summer with fellow Premier League club Manchester City reportedly interested in him, Echegaray had this to say on the situation.
He said: “There’s interest, no doubt, but we could have a list the length of Anfield to say how many people are interested, whether they make an official offer – and whether that offer gets accepted, that’s another question.
“So obviously, there’s going to be interest, it’s Jack Grealish, but can you realistically pay over £100 million? Because that’s what it’s going to cost you, over that amount; it’s not going to be anything less than that and that’s what you have to pay and then Villa still has to accept it.
“Grealish is very happy at Villa, and his dreams have been being part of the England squad and then elevating himself with Aston Villa.”
Grealish made his senior debut for the Midlands club back in 2014 under former Villa boss Paul Lambert.
Since then, the 25-year-old, who is currently valued at £58.5 million, has gone on to make a total of 213 appearances for the club across all competitions in which he has managed to rack up 32 goals and 43 assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Luis Miguel Echegaray’s comments on Grealish…
With Grealish still having four years left on his current contract at Villa and the fact that he spoke about the club’s ambitions to play in Europe last season, this suggests to us that he wants to continue at the club and be successful with them rather than move elsewhere at the moment.
Would you accept £100m for Grealish this summer?
In our view, if Grealish were to stay at Villa for the foreseeable future and get them into Europe or perhaps get their hands on a domestic trophy, then this would presumably be more appealing for the Englishman to do it as his boyhood club rather than any other top club.
In terms of what Echegaray had to say on the matter, it does seem that while there may be a number of clubs interested in signing Grealish this summer, we feel that it would take a lot for a potential departure to become a reality given the funds thought to be required, particularly with his contract situation in mind.