Aston Villa Won’t Budge From This English Playmaker’s £80m Valuation: Will Smith Be Able To Retain Him?

Aston Villa Predicted Lineup Vs Newcastle United (Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish seen in the photo)
Jack Grealish of Aston Villa looks dejected after defeat in the Premier League match between Leicester City and Aston Villa at The King Power Stadium on March 09, 2020 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

According to a recent exclusive report by the Daily Mirror, Premier League strugglers Aston Villa are said to be unwilling to budge from their £80m valuation of English midfielder Jack Grealish. The report suggests that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has earmarked the Villa academy graduate as one of his main targets for the summer, but the fact that the Villans are sticking to their mammoth asking price could come as a hurdle for the Red Devils.

Aston Villa Won’t Budge On Jack Grealish’s Valuation

The Birmingham based club will undoubtedly have quite the task on their hands to keep a player of Grealish’s quality when Man United are involved in the equation. It has been clarified that even relegation from the top-flight at the end of the campaign will not make the Villans change their mind about the player’s fee, but that despite this, United have already begun conducting background checks on the player. It is also claimed that Grealish could ask for a move away from Villa Park for the sake of his career if of course, they’re relegated to the Championship.

What Is Aston Villa’s Current League Situation? 

The Villans are one of the three clubs who are currently in the dreaded relegation zone, but to their relief, they just need two points to find their way out of it. One victory in the Premier League with a couple of other fixtures going their way might be enough to launch Dean Smith’s side back into safety. Despite currently being in 19th spot, Brighton in 15th place are just four points ahead of the Villans, which further means that there’s a very good chance that Villa could stay up.

Aston Villa Won’t Budge On Jack Grealish Valuation - Grealish shaking the manager's hand
Aston Villa’s English head coach Dean Smith (R) consoles Aston Villa’s English midfielder Jack Grealish on the pitch after the English League Cup final football match between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London on March 1, 2020. – Manchester City won the game 2-1. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

With that said though, it’s worth understanding that everything is going to eventually come down to the what goes down on the pitch. If Dean Smith’s side doesn’t improve drastically in the coming months, then it’s unlikely that they’ll be in the Premier League at the start of next season. As confident as they do seem, the likelihood of a player of Grealish’s quality staying on at Villa Park despite relegation is quite bleak, and it would be in their best interest to go all out to secure safety in the summer.

What Does Grealish Add To This Villa Side?

The Englishman has been nothing short of a sensation in the middle of the park for Villa since the start of the season. Often seen playing in a slightly more advanced role than the rest of the midfielders, the Villa academy graduate boasts stellar finishing abilities as well as vision. Capable of beating most goalkeepers in the league from insane ranges, Grealish has proven this term that he’s got what it takes to perform at the highest level. Having provided the most assists and goals for his team in this campaign, it’s no surprise that a team of United’s stature are after Grealish’s services.

Aston Villa Won’t Budge On Jack Grealish Valuation: Can Dean Smith Hold On To Him?

Whether or not Grealish is a Villa player, next season could come down to how well they perform in the remainder of the Premier League season. Even if the men from Birmingham do secure safety, the opportunity to play in Europe with a team as big as United could be far too much for the midfielder to pass up on this summer. The Villans have all the rights to hold out until they receive what they are demanding for the player, but when push comes to shove, a move to Manchester United could be too attractive for the midfielder to say no to before the start of the new campaign.

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