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Exclusive: Pundit warns Aston Villa teams will take advantage of Grealish sale

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Aston Villa are going to have a problem when it comes to buying players after selling Jack Grealish to Manchester City, former Southampton midfielder Carlton Palmer has warned.

Villa recently had a £25m bid turned down for a player at Palmer’s old club, James Ward-Prowse, something they may have to get used to.

Having allowed Grealish to go to the Premier League champions, the club have banked £100m, with Sky Sports claiming Manchester City officially made that record offer last Friday.

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It leaves Villa in a difficult predicament when it comes to making signings, according to Palmer, who expects selling outfits to slap an inflated price tag on any player Dean Smith comes after.

“You’ve got a problem now,” the ex-England international said in an exclusive interview with TIF. “Aston Villa have got the problem now with Jack Grealish. They [sellers] know they’ve got 100 million, so players’ prices will become inflated.”

Even with Grealish’s exit, this transfer window has been far from a disaster for Villa.

The exciting Leon Bailey and goalscorer Danny Ings have both been signed, with the latter’s arrival coming completely out of the blue.

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