An update has emerged on Jack Grealish, regarding Aston Villa’s attempts to keep him at the club.
According to The Sun, Aston Villa are ready to make Jack Grealish the highest-paid player in the history of the club by offering him £200k-per-week. The report claims Villa are prepared to make him one of the highest earners in the Premier League to tie him down to a new deal.
Manchester City are keen on signing him this summer and are willing to offer a British record £100m bid for his services, with the champions said to be hopeful of securing an agreement with the Villans.
Villa fans will surely be buzzing following this big update. The club are showing that they are serious about keeping Grealish at the club and are not going to be bullied by Manchester City into parting ways with him. They are set to flex their financial muscle with this record contract offer and, hopefully, it will be enough to convince the local lad to commit his future to Villa Park.
If Johan Lange and Dean Smith harbour any ambitions of challenging for Europa League or Champions League football next season then keeping hold of the mercurial midfielder could hold the key. He was sensational for the club last term in the Premier League, providing six goals and 10 assists from out wide despite only starting 24 matches.
Ex-Villa midfielder Kieran Richardson once lauded the “phenomenal” wizard and highlighted the size of his legs as something that caught his eye training with him.
He said: “Jack Grealish, he’s a phenomenal talent. When I was there (Villa) playing he was coming through and you could see from the get-go he was a top, top player. The way he can just ghost past players, he’s so strong, he rides challenges. Even if you knock him down he’ll get back up and keep going, he won’t shy away from anything.
“He’s very confident on the ball, he’ll take the ball whenever he can. He’s a top player and the way he’s built as well, he’s massive, his legs are absolutely massive. Even when I first saw him I was like ‘This guy’s a unit’.”
The England international averaged a sublime WhoScored rating of 7.56 for Villa in the Premier League. Ollie Watkins’ score of 7.18 was the closest any other claret and blue player came to him, which emphasises just how important he is to the team.
This is why fans will be over the moon with the club’s perseverance over a deal to keep Grealish in the long-term, rather than bowing down to Pep Guardiola’s team. It is now down to the player himself to decide what he wants to do before the end of the window, but Villa have done all they can so far.