Jack Grealish will STAY at Aston Villa this summer claims Gabriel Agbonlahor… with club legend insisting Manchester City and Manchester United ‘CAN’T AFFORD’ £130m price tag for star man
- Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Jack Grealish will stay at Aston Villa this summer
- The former striker insists clubs can’t afford the £130m price tag on midfielder
- Manchester City and Manchester United have both been linked with Grealish
- The 25-year-old was selected in the England squad for the upcoming Euros
Jack Grealish will stay at Aston Villa this summer as Manchester City and Manchester United won’t be able to afford him, according to former striker Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Villa’s star man scored seven goals and assisted 12 last season despite being hampered by injuries, and has been linked with a big-money move away from his boyhood club.
The 25-year-old, who was picked by Gareth Southgate in England’s squad for the Euros, is reportedly attracting interest from both Manchester clubs, despite signing a contract last September to keep him at Villa Park until 2025.
Jack Grealish will stay at Aston Villa this summer believes former striker Gabriel Agbonlahor
Grealish is thought to be a transfer target for Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) as well as his City counterpart Pep Guardiola
However, Agbonlahor, who is the club’s record Premier League goalscorer, believes the huge price tag Villa would demand will prove enough to discourage any deal being made this summer.
‘Jack Grealish will stay, is what I’m hearing, and Villa will invest as well,’ Agbonlahor said on talkSPORT.
‘Who can afford him? If Aston Villa were going to sell him they’d want over £100m.
‘And do Man City need him? They’ve already got the likes of Foden, De Bruyne and Gundogan. They’re looking for a striker as well, so are they going to spend £100m [on Grealish]?
Agbonlahor is confident that Grealish will stay at Villa and believes City don’t need to sign him
‘Man City and Man United are the only ones that would go for him in the Premier League, but with COVID are these teams going to want to pay £100m or £130m? I’m not too sure.’
Grealish missed 12 Premier League matches with a shin injury, and only returned towards the end of the season in a boost for both club and country.
The Villa captain was seen with ice on his shin after England’s warm-up victory over Austria, but speaking last week, his club manager Dean Smith reassured fans that Grealish is ready to go for this summer’s action.
Dean Smith is confident his captain is fully fit and is ready to play for England this summer
‘He is 100% fit,’ said Smith. ‘Firstly, we had to make sure he was ready to play for Aston Villa.
‘We wouldn’t take a risk with only four games to go, with a player of Jack’s standing and quality, unless it was the right thing to do.
‘We all believed it was the right thing to do – for him and for Aston Villa. Then once the season finished, if he gets picked, which hopefully he does, then it’s the right thing for England as well.
‘If we felt there was any kind of future risk then we would have just shut him down for the rest of the season and he wouldn’t have had the chance to go to the Euros.’
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