Football journalist Peter O’Rourke has been sharing his thoughts on a potential summer transfer for Aston Villa attacker Jack Grealish.
He said: “From my own perspective, I think they’re planning for life without Jack Grealish right now.
“Getting the [Emiliano] Buendia deal done early was smart business by Villa and also beating Arsenal to his signature was a big boost to them as well.
“I just think it’s inevitable that Jack Grealish will leave Villa this summer.
“It seems all signals do point to Manchester City, and you’re probably talking for a record transfer fee as well of probably close to £100 million for Grealish, who has lit up the recent England friendlies when he played just before the Euros here.”
Since making his senior debut for the Villans back in 2014, the 25-year-old, who is currently valued at £58.5 million, has made 213 appearances for the club across all competitions in which he has managed to score 32 goals and provide 43 assists in the process (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Peter O’Rourke’s comments on a potential summer transfer for Grealish…
Given how Grealish ended the season as Villa’s highest-rated player with an overall rating of 7.56/10 based on his performances according to WhoScored, it’s easy to see why a team such as Manchester City, who won the Premier League title and made it to the Champions League final this season, have been linked with the Englishman.
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However, this would also make it safe to assume that Villa would be reluctant to sell Grealish this summer, especially while his current contract isn’t set to expire until 2025.
In our view, with Villa’s owners supposedly looking to push the Midlands club into the “upper echelons”, according to manager Dean Smith, Grealish will have to decide on whether he wants to be a part of that process for the future or not.