Aston Villa will demand at least £80m for their talisman Jack Grealish. The Villa captain scored a crucial goal in their 1-1 draw at West Ham on Sunday to keep Dean Smith’s side in the Premier League.
Grealish, who netted 10 goals in all competitions for Villa this season, is wanted by Manchester United and Manchester City.
United are keen to land Grealish, who fits their transfer philosophy of signing young, British talent.
City, meanwhile, could spend the money they received from Bayern Munich for Leroy Sane.
However, Villa will demand at least £80m for the 24-year-old.
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The Mirror say Villa co-owner Nassef Sawiris, an Egyptian billionaire, will dig his heels in this summer over Grealish.
United paid £80m for Harry Maguire last summer and Sawiris wants at least the same figure to let Grealish go.
The Villa Park talisman is considering his future after keeping his boyhood club in the Premier League.
Grealish wants to play in the Champions League and become a regular for England and he knows he will have to leave Villa to do so.
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Smith was asked about Grealish’s future after they avoided relegation, with the Villa boss admitting he remains hopeful of keeping his star man.
When asked whether Villa can keep Grealish, Smith said: “No idea. Like I said, I’ll get drunk with him I’m certainly hopeful. He’s contracted for another three or four years I think.
“I’ve said many times before, we’ve got billionaire owners and, for clubs to get the best players, they cost an awful lot of money.
“He’s an Aston Villa fan and he’ll be immensely proud he scored the goal today because he managed to keep us in the Premier League.”
Despite many expecting Grealish to leave Villa now the transfer window is open, former Villa Park star Paul Merson says the playmaker could stay.
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“I’m not sure, I think he might still be there,” Merson said.
“This club suits him, he can play how he wants. He’s the big fish in the little pond, it’s enjoyable for him. You go to Man United, you don’t play every week.
“You can’t play the way he does at Villa. Matt Le Tissier stayed [at Southampton] and look at the career he had. His agent will be saying let’s move on, but it’s not all about the money. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is still playing for Villa.”
Villa came back from the dead to avoid relegation after impressing since the season’s return.
On Villa’s final-day heroics, Smith added: “I’m immensely proud. I said that to them in the dressing room, they’ve been written off by everybody. We were relegated after walking off the pitch against Leicester.
“I’m proud of them, they all now look Premier League players and that takes time. People just looked at the amount of money we spent but it was about £9.5million a player and, in the Premier League, that’s nothing.
“It takes time to build a team and a culture and we’ve done that within a season in the hardest league in the world.”
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