Jack Grealish has arguably become one of the most talked about English players.
The Aston Villa captain became everyone’s favorite in the Three Lions’ race to the Euro 2020 final with assists against the Czech Republic and Germany.
Last season, Grealish showed his importance to the Premier League side with six goals and 10 assists in 26 games as Dean Smith’s side comfortably finished in 11th place.
The 25-year-old is a constant threat to Villa and has suffered more fouls than any other player (110 times) during the 2020/21 campaign, despite missing 12 games due to injury.
His performances over the past two years have attracted great interest from champions Premier Man City.
Manager Pep Guardiola has a wealth of attacking talent at his disposal, including Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Ferran Torres.
And despite having won three Premier League titles in the past four seasons, Guardiola appears to be keen to do everything to sign Grealish.
Last month talkSPORT’s Jim White revealed that a £ 100million transfer to Grealish was “as good as it gets”.
He said: “According to talkSPORT sources, Jack Grealish in Man City is almost finished.
“Villa hasn’t confirmed it, there’s no confirmation from Man City, but talkSPORT sources tell me it’s almost over.
“The fee will be £ 100million and Jack Grealish will join Manchester City.”
Grealish is currently enjoying a well-deserved vacation after his Euro 2020 exploits as he assesses his next move.
Villa showed intent over the summer by breaking his club record to sign Emi Buendia for £ 33million.
They have had two offers, worth around £ 30million, rejected by Arsenal for young striker Emile Smith Rowe and also follow Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey.
With Villa targeting attacking players in the window so far, this could suggest that Grealish is about to come out.
But on the other hand, could the bosses get these players to feature alongside their star man as they try to make the top six?
The temptation comes from the prospect of working with Guardiola and playing alongside Kevin De Bruyne – and possibly Harry Kane – as well as the very real possibility of winning multiple trophies.
However, the romantic football fan can see parallels with Matt Le Tissier, the ultimate one-club man who has remained loyal to Southampton and shunned big clubs desperate to sign him.
The talkSPORT co-host said it was a very real possibility and added that he could do better than Legend of the Saints.
“If he wants to be a Matt Le Tissier and stay in a club because he’s comfortable there, he pulls a big bag of money out of it, it’s a big fish in a somewhat small pond, fine may Aston Villa be a brilliant football club.
“If they can continue to take the league up, there is an argument that he can play in Europe with Villa.
“They’re going to be supported by the two guys who run the club, who clearly understand football and clearly understand Aston Villa.
“Aston Villa has some control over the situation. What they have is a contract that protects their financial interests.
“Jack Grealish can leave Aston Villa, he just can’t leave without Aston Villa’s permission, economically.
“With the contract they have with Jack Grealish, who is still four years old, they are in control.
“But that doesn’t stop Jack Grealish from leaving. Man City, or whoever wants them, can deposit £ 100million, and he probably will. “
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And former Liverpool Danny Murphy believes he will have to be proactive to get the move he wants.
“He can hit [on the chairman’s] door and say ‘I want to go and win trophies and play in the Champions League.
“He’s at the peak of his abilities and it’s very difficult to have a long-term vision as a player.
“You are generally advised to take what you can when you can, because in a year you could [injure] your knee. You don’t know and all of a sudden Jack Grealish isn’t worth £ 100million anymore.
“So Jack doesn’t have to sit still if he wants to move. “
Grealish has already proven his loyalty to Villa by signing a new improved five-year contract last summer, despite interest from Manchester United.
It’s clear to see how much Grealish loves the club he’s been playing for since he was six.
Jose Mourinho told talkSPORT the player already knows where he is going and fans are hopeful that the childhood supporter, who is already a legend to them, will stick around.
There is a real hope that with him by his side, anything will be possible in the years to come.