Aston Villa have suffered a major blow with the latest transfer update involving England international Jack Grealish.
Villa’s club captain is currently on international duty with the Three Lions as he looks to enjoy his first taste of international tournament football this summer at the EUROs.
But, according to Football Insider, “Grealish has told friends he remains very interested” in a move to Manchester City, and that his “head has been turned by the strength of City’s interest behind the scenes”.
The report adds: “His future will not be resolved until after this summer’s European Championships but he is said to be very attracted by the possibility of a glamour move to the Premier League champions. Grealish wants to play regularly in the Champions League as well as develop his game under master coach Pep Guardiola.”
Having gotten their transfer window off to the perfect start by beating Arsenal to the signing of Emi Buendia, Villa have now been struck by this reported blow.
Grealish’s importance to this Villa side is well known – in the 12 games that he missed last season in the Premier League, they won just three – and losing him this summer would be a hammer blow to their chances of breaking into the European places next year.
The England star has been with Villa through their time in the Championship and now in the Premier League, and as the side’s skipper, heis Dean Smith’s main source of inspiration on the pitch.
News that Grealish remains “interested” in a move to the Premier League champions will surely have Villa fans absolutely gutted as they quite rightly adore their home-grown superstar captain, the prospect of him playing anywhere else must be very painful for them to even consider.
Of course, Villa still have Grealish under contract and they could simply refuse to sell him, but in an age of player power, it could be very difficult to keep a player who’s seemingly had his head turned.
In a summer where Villa are hoping to develop and become a stronger side, the prospect of losing their best player to the champions seems very real and that will be a bitter pill for Villans’ fans to swallow if City do come knocking.