Reporter Dean Jones believes Aston Villa would struggle to convince Manchester City and England star Jack Grealish to return to Villa Park.
A recent report has claimed the Premier League champions are willing to sell the 27-year-old, but Jones expects bigger clubs than the Villans to come after him if the rumors are true.
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Seconds Football InsiderCity are willing to sanction the sale of Grealish to fund a move for his England team-mate Jude Bellingham.
The attacking midfielder only joined the Citizens last year after they paid Villa £100m to secure his services, according to BBC Sport.
However, Grealish has had a rather mixed time at the Etihad. Although he was able to win the Premier League title in his first season there, he probably hasn’t had the kind of impact you’d expect from a £100m player.
As Transfermarkt shows, Grealish has scored just four goals in 34 top-flight games for Pep Guardiola’s side.
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What has Dean Jones said about Jack Grealish and Aston Villa?
For Jones, Grealish to Villa is a bit of a non-starter.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the transfer reporter said: “If Grealish is for sale, I don’t think he’ll go back to Aston Villa. I think there are big clubs who would be interested in signing Jack Grealish, and I don’t think he wants return at this time.”
Would Aston Villa welcome Jack Grealish back?
You would expect them to. He was once their captain and remains a quality player despite his recent struggles.
Described as a “spectacular” talent by football writer Muhammad Butt, Grealish is an extremely capable dribbler.
“Jack has the dribbling ability that very few players have, and that kind of ability brings you to the edge of your seat,” Liverpool legend Graeme Souness told talkSPORT earlier this season. However, he also said he wanted to see more from Grealish.
“But you have to deliver at the end. It’s not just about dribbling two players and then giving the ball away,” the Sky Sports pundit added.
A manager of Guardiola’s ability will likely feel he can get more out of Grealish sooner or later. With that in mind, it would be a surprise if City sold the England international, who earns £300,000-a-week at the Etihad, according to Spotrac, so soon after buying him.
If Unai Emery wants a new attacking midfielder, he will probably have to look elsewhere.
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