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Aston Villa reveal enormous money to tie down Grealish.

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The on-loan Chelsea midfielder has rediscovered his best form since arriving in September and as a ‘number 10’ has developed a fine on-field relationship with the home-grown star.

Exclusive – Aston Villa are ready to sanction ambitious spending that would see talisman Jack Grealish sign a new contract to become one of the highest paid English players in the Premier League, while also attempting to secure Ross Barkley on a permanent deal from Chelsea.

The form of Grealish and Barkley this season is a main reason why Villa are in contention for a European place, compared to last season when the club only avoided relegation on the final day.

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Grealish still starred in that struggling Villa side in 2019/20 and commanded interest from Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea, with further links with Liverpool and Manchester City.

The 25-year-old only signed a new deal worth £120,000 per week last summer, but he remains on the radar of all the clubs that have previously been monitoring him, even though his value has soared in recent months and he would cost a vast transfer fee.

Aston Villa want to secure the future of Jack Grealish & Ross Barkley | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

What’s more, Villa are keen to show their own desire to progress as a club and sources have told NoRM‘s known Media that owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens want to make Grealish unsellable by offering him a new deal worth over £200,000 per week – one that would commit his long-term future to his boyhood side.

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Villa hope their plan to land Barkley on a permanent deal will also show Grealish the club’s ambition.

The on-loan Chelsea midfielder has rediscovered his best form since arriving in September and as a ‘number 10’ has developed a fine on-field relationship with the home-grown star.

NoRM previously reported in November that Barkley’s form with Villa was impressing then Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, who had made the 27-year-old aware that there would be a future for him back at Stamford Bridge should he continue to play well.

Lampard is obviously no longer in charge at Chelsea following his dismissal at the end of January and it is not yet known if new boss Thomas Tuchel sees a future at the club for Barkley.

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If Villa want to seal a permanent transfer for Barkley, NoRM understands that Chelsea will ask for a fee in the region of £40m.

That would mean Villa smashing their existing transfer record, which stands at the £28m plus add-ons deal to sign Ollie Watkins last summer.

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Aston Villa shocks many after Southampton win

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Southampton were rocked by Villa’s opener, and failed to forge any sort of response before the referee blew the half-time whistle, bringing an exciting 45 minutes to a close.

Aston Villa recovered from their defeat to Burnley in midweek by beating Southampton 1-0 at St. Mary’s, with Ross Barkley making the difference for Dean Smith’s side.

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The Saints thought they’d won a penalty in the first half, when Stuart Armstrong’s shot cannoned off Matty Cash’s outstretched arm, but VAR unbelievably did not decide to intervene, and play continued.

Southampton continued to dominate the opening stages but couldn’t find a way through their opponents’ defence.

Villa striker Ollie Watkins came close on a couple of occasions for the visitors, and Jack Grealish began to cause plenty of problems down the left-hand side.

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And it was loanee Ross Barkley who broke the deadlock on 40 minutes, racing onto Grealish’s delicious floated cross and heading the ball back across the goalkeeper and into the net.

The second half was equally entertaining, as Southampton continued to push for an equaliser. Emi Martinez was called into some drastic action to keep out Che Adams, and Cash also threw himself into the line of fire to keep the forward at bay.

Nathan Redmond fired over the crossbar via a deflection from just inside the penalty area on 83 minutes to waste another wonderful opportunity.

Martinez made another great save to deny Jan Bednarek from the resulting corner, and Cash was on hand once again to stop Jack Stephens’ effort on the line.

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Southampton were awarded six minutes of stoppage time to try and find a way through Villa’s stubborn defence, and they thought they had finally beaten the Argentine shot-stopper in the 93rd minute.

Danny Ings bundled the ball over the line and wheeled away in celebration, but the goal was pulled back for an offside infringement in the buildup. It appeared to be another extremely harsh decision against the hosts, but the linesman’s call stood, and the visitors snatched all three points.

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Grealish called up to England Nationals

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Grealish called into the England squad following the withdrawals of Rashford & Winks

Jack Grealish has been called up to the England squad to face Iceland and Denmark in the UEFA Nations League.

There were some eyebrows raised when the Aston Villa star was left out of Gareth Southgate’s 24-man squad yet again last week given his fine performances in the Premier League last season.

But after Marcus Rashford (ankle) and Harry Winks pulled out of action, Grealish has finally been given the nod.

Grealish scored eight goals and created six assists to help Villa escape the drop last season, and many will think the call-up is just reward for his performances.

When asked about his decision to omit Grealish initially, Southgate said: “The difficulty for Jack is Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford.

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“Those four have either been with us for a long time and been exceptional, in terms of Marcus and Raheem. Jadon is just breaking through and I think everybody is aware of his potential, and Mason Greenwood’s goalscoring record and performances with Manchester United were outstanding.

“It is an area of the field where we have people like Callum Hudson-Odoi as well. I know at times Villa play Jack as a midfield player – that is not as I see him in the way we play.

“So, with us he would be a wide player or a 10 and, at the moment, I think we have got players who deserve to be in just ahead of him.”

Grealish will now be determined to seize his opportunity, and it will be intriguing to see how many minutes he gets in the two upcoming games.

He has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United in the last few weeks, although the Red Devils now appear to have turned their attentions towards Ajax attacking midfielder Donny van de Beek, who they are expected to sign in a £40m deal in the next few days.

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