Aston Villa are not planning to sell their versatile player, Jack Grealish this summer despite being one of the hottest names in the transfer market.
The 25-year-old English left-winger performed so well in the just concluded 2020-2021 season that he is rated £100 million in the transfer market. Even as that, Aston Villa are not tempted to cash in on the price tag.
Reports in England claimed that the club is already planning a new contract for Jack Grealish despite still have until June 30, 2025, before his current contract with the club expires. They intend to build the team around him in the coming season.
This approach is to ensure that his suitors stay away from him this summer which would most likely affect the transfer plans of Pep Guardiola, the coach of Manchester City who is a big fan of the left-winger.
However, buying a winger is not a priority for Manchester City. The priority of the club has been to buy a proven striker to replace Sergio Aguero who the club allowed to go to Barcelona in May 2021. Recall that Manchester City failed to extend the contract of the Argentine striker and the forward was able to land himself a two-year deal at FC Barcelona after the final of the UEFA Champions League in the just-concluded season.
Aguero’s absence pushed Manchester City to the transfer market in search of a striker and they are already pushing to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund or Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur.
Over a week ago, reports claimed that City made a £100 million bid for the services of Kane but Tottenham reportedly rejected it to prove how much they intend to keep the striker at the club.
As City are still considering their next move over getting a center forward, their attention is fully fixed on Jack Grealish who is currently on duty with the Three Lions of England.
3 points ✅ qualified top of the group ✅ great night 😍🏴 pic.twitter.com/pVP6GVuDsJ— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) June 22, 2021
It will be interesting to see how Aston Villa would reject a £100 million bid from Manchester City if the club officially make their offer known in July.
Meanwhile, the English FA are planning to extend the contract of the head coach of England, Gareth Southgate beyond the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Since he was appointed the head coach of the national team, the 50-year-old English tactician has overseen 57 matches in which he won 36.
In the 2018 World Cup, Southgate took England to the semi-final of the tournament despite having a series of injured players in the squad.
While in the ongoing Euro 2020, the coach assembled some of the best legs in England including newcomers like Jack Grealish of Aston Villa, Phil Foden of Manchester City, Mason Mount of Chelsea, and Declan Rice of West Ham for the tournament.
They are currently in the round of 16 stage of the competition against Germany. If he can push the team further in the competition, it would be difficult for anyone to counter the decision of the FA to extend his stay beyond the 2022 World Cup.
“Our support is unwavering,” said FA chief executive Mark Bullingham. “We are 100% behind Gareth. Gareth knows exactly how we feel about him.
“We feel he is brilliant, both on and off the pitch. We want him to carry on. He’s doing a great job. Regardless of Tuesday. Absolutely.
“Gareth has done a brilliant job, finishing top of the group, really solid defense, and he’s done really well on and off the pitch, in every aspect.
“We would love him to carry on, for sure, beyond this contract.”