Aston Villa will only be tempted into selling Jack Grealish by a ‘ridiculous offer’ in January with the club having placed a British transfer-record valuation upon the club captain.
Grealish has enjoyed a superb start to the season and has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most exciting talents since Villa’s promotion two years ago, earning rave reviews for his performances as the creative heartbeat of Dean Smith’s side.
The playmaker has scored five goals and provided a further five assists in just nine Premier League appearances so far this season, with only Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min having been directly involved in more goals across the division.
Grealish’s superb showings have also seen him earn international recognition with England and the performances of the 25-year-old during November’s international break have further enhanced calls for him to be made a key player for the Three Lions ahead of next summer’s European Championships.
According to the Telegraph, Villa believe the performances of their influential captain have raised his valuation in excess of £100m – a figure that would make Grealish the most expensive player in the history of British football.
Grealish was linked with a move to Manchester United during the summer, though Villa received no offers for the player close to their £70m asking price and subsequently persuaded the midfielder to sign a new long-term deal.
The security of that contract and Grealish’s ever-improving performances mean that it will now take a record-breaking bid to prise the boyhood fan from Villa Park, with Manchester City reportedly monitoring the star ahead of a potential move.
Villa have shown signs of progress this season after narrowly avoiding relegation last term, winning five of their opening nine fixtures and earning impressive victories over the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal.
The club are hopeful their upturn in results can persuade Grealish to stay beyond next summer despite anticipated interest in his services, and will only consider his sale if they receive an ‘unexpected ridiculous offer’ in the upcoming January window.