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Liverpool urged to complete transfer of Aston Villa skipper

Last season, Dean Smith’s Aston Villa survived relegation from the Premier League, this season, they have given tough time to the best clubs in the country and a lot of credit for that goes to their captain Jack Grealish.

The England international was an in-demand player in the last summer transfer window but the Birmingham-based outfit were able to hold on to the playmaker by agreeing a contract worth £140,000-a-week.

Former Hull City star, Dean Windass, has backed Jurgen Klopp to bring the Villa star and captain to Anfield.

He told FootballFanCast: “If Jurgen Klopp went for someone like Jack Grealish, who can play on the left, although his mentality would have to change off the ball. But those are the players that I would like to see Liverpool signing – young, English lads.”

“If Klopp wanted him, he would get him. But depending on Mane and Salah, because if you buy Grealish, who are you going to leave out? If I was Jurgen Klopp, a young English, exciting footballer.”

Dean further stated that the 25-year-old midfielder needs to leave his boyhood club if the ace wants to win medals and trophies in his career.

Jack has been in sensational form this campaign under the guidance of Dean Smith but he has missed the last eight matches in the top-flight due to injury.

Man Utd get boost in long-running pursuit of Aston Villa talisman

Manchester City have allegedly decided against making a swoop for Aston Villa captain and long-term Manchester United target Jack Grealish this summer.

The England playmaker enjoyed another stellar season before being sidelined with a shin injury, netting six goals and setting up 12 more for Dean Smith’s team in the current Premier League season.

Jack was tipped to complete a move to either Manchester City or Manchester United last summer, but the midfielder instead elected to pen a new deal with Villa, where the player is now under contract until June 2025.

The Etihad Stadium continues to be mentioned as a potential destination for Grealish in the 2021-22 term, but The Mirror claims that Pep Guardiola’s side will not be following up their interest in the 25-year-old United-linked star.

The report suggests that City are not ready to fork out a nine-figure sum for Jack this summer, as the Spaniard has admitted that landing a big-money replacement for the departing Sergio Aguero could be “impossible”.

However, the same outlet has stated that Guardiola is still determined to bring Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland to the Etihad in the summer transfer market, and a move for Die Borussen man would scupper any hopes of securing Jack’s services.

Man Utd receive boost in long-running pursuit of Aston Villa talisman

Manchester City have allegedly decided against making a swoop for Aston Villa captain and long-term Manchester United target Jack Grealish this summer.

The England playmaker enjoyed another stellar season before being sidelined with a shin injury, netting six goals and setting up 12 more for Dean Smith’s team in the current Premier League season.

Jack was tipped to complete a move to either Manchester City or Manchester United last summer, but the midfielder instead elected to pen a new deal with Villa, where the player is now under contract until June 2025.

The Etihad Stadium continues to be mentioned as a potential destination for Grealish in the 2021-22 term, but The Mirror claims that Pep Guardiola’s side will not be following up their interest in the 25-year-old United-linked star.

The report suggests that City are not ready to fork out a nine-figure sum for Jack this summer, as the Spaniard has admitted that landing a big-money replacement for the departing Sergio Aguero could be “impossible”.

However, the same outlet has stated that Guardiola is still determined to bring Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland to the Etihad in the summer transfer market, and a move for Die Borussen man would scupper any hopes of securing Jack’s services.

Man Utd fall behind in race to sign Aston Villa captain

Manchester City’s interest in Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish has intensified in the latest weeks, with Pep Guardiola interested in beating Manchester United to the playmaker’s signature.

Jack was keen on leaving Villa Park last year as United made a swoop for the 25-year-old but the midfielder ended up penning a new deal with his boyhood club after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were put off by a £75 million asking price.

But the Villa’s valuation of the Englishman has soared since, with Jack taking his game up another level this season for country and club.

United retain their interest in him but the Norwegian manager’s priorities are elsewhere, as they have more pressing issues in attack and defence.

That’s left the door open for the Citizens, given Guardiola’s side are one of the few teams in world football that could afford to sign Grealish and the Daily Mail stated the Etihad Stadium outfit interest has ramped up in recent weeks.

Villa’s form this term means the player could be minded to stay in Birmingham, particularly as Dean Smith’s team still have an outside chance of a European finish this season.

But the chance to sign for City would likely be too difficult to turn down for him, who has gone on record multiple times with his admiration for Kevin De Bruyne.

Arsenal told to snap up £100m Premier League playmaker

Arsenal icon Nigel Winterburn wants his former club to go ‘all in’ and recruit the ‘terrific’ Jack Grealish from league rivals Aston Villa.

The 25-year-old star played a major role in helping his side avoid relegation from the Premier League last campaign and has continued to excel in the current season.

In spite of missing his side’s last six league matches through injury, Grealish has already registered six goals and 10 assists in the league this term and Villa are understood to want around £100m to let their prized asset leave.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are down in ninth place after losing 11 of their 29 matches in the league this season and Nigel has urged his former side to snap up the midfielder to help propel them forward.

‘I’d like to see Arsenal go ‘all in’ and sign Jack Grealish,’ Nigel told Genting Bet. ‘He is a terrific player. His ability speaks for itself and he’s the type of player that if we want to move forward then we should be looking to buy.

‘He tends to prefer to play on the left-hand side so we’d need to see how that works with Arsenal’s current set up but I’m sure he could play in that Number 10 role as well.

‘Lots is up in the air with Arsenal, they’re not sure if [Martin] Odegaard will sign in the long term and that needs to be addressed beforehand.

‘One thing is for sure, if Grealish does become available then a whole host of clubs will be in for him.’

Man Utd set to miss out on £100m Premier League midfielder

Manchester City are leading the hunt to sign Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish in the summer, with rivals Manchester United reluctant to meet the club’s £100 million valuation of the England midfielder.

The Red Devils had been favourites to land Grealish last summer but the Red Devils were surprised by the Villa’s asking price of around £80 million and opted instead to sign Donny van de Beek for around £35 million.

The Dutch star has struggled for form and fitness at United, while Grealish has gone from strength to strength with a resurgent Villa side.

That form, as well as a contract extension penned last summer, has seen Jack’s value increase to around £100 million and United are unwilling to blow their budget on the 25-year-old star.

In a financial market constrained by the coronavirus pandemic, that leaves just a handful of sides in world football that could afford Jack and the Daily Mail claim the Citizens are now leading the race.

While Grealish committed to a new five-year contract with his boyhood club last summer, it only came after news that a transfer to Old Trafford wouldn’t materialise.

The Villa captain is fiercely ambitious and knows that he is of the needed quality to play UCL football.

Villa are desperate to keep Jack but they understand the midfielder’s dilemma, with the Birmingham side unlikely to finish in the top four this season.

He has spoken at length in the past about his admiration for Kevin De Bruyne and the England attacking midfielder would jump at the chance to play with the Citizens’ man, as well as the opportunity to work under Pep Guardiola.

Arsenal legend speaks highly of Man Utd-linked playmaker

Former Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has revealed his admiration for midfielder Jack Grealish, describing the Aston Villa talisman and Manchester United transfer target as a ‘great player’.

Jack has established himself as one of the stars of the English top-flight and an England regular over the past two campaigns.

Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expressed interest in landing the 25-year-old last summer and the club are said to be keeping tabs on his current situation at Villa Park ahead of this summer’s transfer market.

Grealish is one of a host of exciting England forwards, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Leicester City’s James Maddison all emerging as important players for their respective clubs.

Quizzed about the crop of Englishman, Arsenal icon Wenger told beIN Sports:

‘I like Jack Grealish. He has mastered [how to play] slow and quick. ‘He can dribble, he has composure, he is very creative in his passing. Phil Foden is a bit more direct but I would have to say that they are both great players.’

Meantime, Manchester United are allegedly interested in landing Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva.

The 25-year-old star joined Frankfurt on a permanent deal last year and has been in impressive form during the 2020-21 season, scoring 19 times in 22 appearances across all competitions.

United are said to be keen to bring a new striker to the club and according to Sky Deutschland, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team have identified Silva as a potential acquisition.

He has an impressive record at the international level – where Andre plays alongside United playmaker Bruno Fernandes – finding the back of the net on 16 occasions in 37 games.

PL rivals willing to tie down long-term Man Utd midfield target

Aston Villa are ready to offer Manchester United target Jack Grealish a fresh contract to fend off interest from their domestic rivals, according to 90min.

The 25-year-old star has been the subject of interest from United, as well as cross-town rivals Manchester City, in recent weeks.

Jack only penned a new deal last year that should keep the player at Villa Park until the summer of 2025.

However, as per the report, the Midlands side are willing to offer the England international a contract extension with improved terms that would see Jack become one of the highest-paid footballers in the division.

Jack currently earns £120,000 per week and his current employers are ready to increase his wages to more than £200,000 per week to convince the talisman to stay at his boyhood club.

He has caught the eye as an irrepressible force behind his side’s surge for European qualification this season.

It was stated last year that United were prepared to splash the cash on Grealish even after landing Bruno Fernandes.

However, the club managed to keep the 20-time English champions at bay with their massive valuation of the talented midfielder.

And they’d be in a stronger negotiating position if Jack does end up signing another contract.

United already have Donny van de Beek and Bruno competing for the No.10 role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But with the Spanish star Juan Mata out of contract at the end of the campaign, they might well need to seek reinforcements in the middle of the park with an eye on the future.

Man Utd midfield target advised to sign for UCL giants this summer

Jack Grealish has been told to head for City over United if a transfer to Manchester is to be made at some point in the future, with Gareth Barry speaking from experience when it comes to giving transfer advice to the Aston Villa talisman.

The ex-Villans midfielder made his own move from the club to the North West back in 2009.

Gareth was, like Jack, a product of the Villa’s academy system and an ambitious Englishman looking to further himself by chasing down major honours at an elite club.

He has seen a similar switch mooted, with the Red Devils having been monitoring his situation for a while, and a scramble for the player’s signature is expected to be sparked this summer.

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have been told to put themselves in the mix if a playmaker comes up for grabs, but Gareth believes the Etihad Stadium side would be a perfect landing spot for the gifted 25-year-old.

Barry has told talkSPORT: “I would love to see him work under someone like Guardiola. That manager could help him learn more about the game, improve more. I’d go for Manchester City if you make me choose one.”

Jack has continued to see his stock rise at the Villa this campaign, with seven goals and 12 assists recorded through 22 matches in all competitions.

In the meantime, Manchester United’s long-running pursuit of England and Borussia Dortmund attacker Jadon Sancho may be over following the arrival of winger Amad Diallo, according to a recent report.

Man Utd midfield target advised to sign for Man City this summer

Jack Grealish has been told to head for City over United if a transfer to Manchester is to be made at some point in the future, with Gareth Barry speaking from experience when it comes to giving transfer advice to the Aston Villa talisman.

The ex-Villans midfielder made his own move from the club to the North West back in 2009.

Gareth was, like Jack, a product of the Villa’s academy system and an ambitious Englishman looking to further himself by chasing down major honours at an elite club.

He has seen a similar switch mooted, with the Red Devils having been monitoring his situation for a while, and a scramble for the player’s signature is expected to be sparked this summer.

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have been told to put themselves in the mix if a playmaker comes up for grabs, but Gareth believes the Etihad Stadium side would be a perfect landing spot for the gifted 25-year-old.

Barry has told talkSPORT: “I would love to see him work under someone like Guardiola. That manager could help him learn more about the game, improve more. I’d go for Manchester City if you make me choose one.”

Jack has continued to see his stock rise at the Villa this campaign, with seven goals and 11 assists recorded through 20 matches in all competitions.

In the meantime, Manchester United’s long-running pursuit of England and Borussia Dortmund attacker Jadon Sancho may be over following the arrival of winger Amad Diallo, according to a recent report.