Aston Villa set to step up contract talks with Jack Grealish

Aston Villa will step up their contract talks with Jack Grealish in September once the European transfer window closes, The Daily Mirror reports.

What’s the word?

Steve Bruce’s side did a superb job during the summer transfer window to keep Jack Grealish away from prying eyes from the Premier League, namely Tottenham Hotspur, and Aston Villa are set to reward their star man with a new deal.

Ambitious owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens are keen to tie Grealish down to a new deal that is likely to see his £20k-a-week wages at least doubled by a new deal, The Daily Mirror states, and negotiations will step up next month.

22-year-old Grealish has been a regular fixture in Bruce’s side this season, appearing in all five Championship matches so far, and is widely regarded to be one of England’s brightest young players – though he remains uncapped by the senior team.

The end of the saga?

While Aston Villa fans can breathe a sigh of relief with the news that the club is desperate for Grealish to put pen to paper on a new deal, it is unlikely to bring the end of the transfer saga concerning the England U21 international.

Grealish will understandably want to be playing in the Premier League and, while his preference would certainly be to see Villa earn a promotion, an exit could be on the cards at the end of the campaign if Bruce’s side fails to return to the top-flight.

A positive is that an increased deal will give Villa a much stronger bargaining position in the transfer market if a sale does come around but fans need to prepare themselves for the inevitable return of interest from the top-flight.