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Jack Grealish is now ranked in the £ 100 million pool by his club Aston Villa after his brilliant start to the season, a report claims.
The 25-year-old Birmingham-born player he has improved this season and has become one of the most prominent players in the Premier League.
Grealish was instrumental in keeping Villa in the Premier League with eight goals and six assists last season. However, this season he has stepped on the gas and made his way into Gareth Southgate’s XI in England.
Grealish has already scored five goals and had six assists in nine Premier League games and Southgate couldn’t ignore him.
The former Notts County borrower now sports a certificate for England in the Euro after a series of impressive displays for the Three Lions.
Jamie Carragher recently compared Villa’s man to £ 130 million Eden Hazard and that has not been lost on Villa officials.
The Daily Telegraph report that Villa believes his talisman is worth at least £ 100 million in today’s market. That will leave any interested club facing the prospect of having to make the English international the most expensive British player in history.
Manchester United became interested in Grealish in the summer, but they all put their eggs in Jadon Sancho’s basket. United failed in their search for Sancho and did not make a serious offer for Grealish.
Villa is said to have wanted around £ 70 million for his star man in the summer, but that has now increased dramatically in line with Grealish’s performances.
Only Tottenham Hotspur duo Harry Kane (16) and Heung-min Son (11) have had more top flight goals so far this season. And with Daniel Levy valuing his duo at more than £ 100 million, Villa sees no reason why Grealish shouldn’t be priced similarly.
Grealish signed a new five-year contract in the summer after admitting he was 50-50 if he left the club.
The report states that, barring a big offer in January, “there is no chance” that Grealish will leave Villa in January and the club believes they can also stay next summer.
Last month, according to The independent, sources close to the player believe it is “only a matter of time” until Grealish plays for one of the top six clubs. And United’s City rivals could get in on the action.
Likeness of danger
Man City recently emerged as a contender for Grealish, and they seem to be reaffirming their interest. The report of The independent It indicates that Pep Guardiola discussed Grealish with the club’s hierarchy when recently negotiating his new contract.
However, Villa’s owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens are not under pressure to sell.
Meanwhile, Grealish has been compared to Paul Gascoigne, and Carragher recently said that Grealish was similar to Real Madrid’s Hazard.
Carragher said: “Another player I want to compare him to, because of the position he plays, is Eden Hazard. On this left side of the front three, he has a similar type of build, powerful legs, and also the rear.
“How many times did we see Eden Hazard drop that beat? It’s probably a bit faster than we think. He is different in that position, he is not Sterling, Mane, Salah, who is going to do penetrating runs all the time behind, he will stand up most of the time. When he’s running towards people, he’s on the edge of the box. “