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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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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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Grealish to Manchester United almost ‘Deal Done’

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Diogo Dalot and Sergio Romero could be targeted by Aston Villa as makeweights in a deal to send Jack Grealish to Manchester United.

Grealish is a long-term target for the Old Trafford club and could still join the Red Devils despite interest in the midfielder having seemingly cooled over the summer.

The Daily Star reports that Villa boss Dean Smith is keen to improve his defensive options ahead of the 2020/21 Premier League season and could ask for Dalot and Romero to be included in a transfer for Grealish.

Dalot has become a fringe figure for United under Solskjaer while the Norwegian coach has already admitted that one of David de Gea, Dean Henderson or Romero will leave Old Trafford this summer.

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Aston Villa offers whooping salary to Grealish to shun Man utd transfer

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Aston Villa are planning on offering captain Jack Grealish a new £100,000-a-week contract to stop him joining Manchester United, according to reports.

The 24-year-old midfielder scored the crucial goal to keep his boyhood club in the Premier League on the final day of the season during their 1-1 draw at West Ham.

Grealish has endured a successful campaign for Dean Smith’s side in Villa’s first season back in the top-flight, with the Red Devils looking to add to the squad that reached finished in the top-four this term.

But according to the Sun, the midfielder could be convinced to stay by Villa’s lucrative new contract offer, which is a significantly better deal than his current £70,000-a-week agreement.

The report says Midlands club owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens do not want to let their star captain leave Villa under any circumstances and are hope that this bonus will be enough to keep Grealish where he is.

Sawiris and Edens are reportedly also prepared to inject £100million into the club to bring in three or four quality additions ahead of Villa’s second season in the top-flight.

The Sun say that among the list of targets is Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, Brentford midfielder Said Benrahma and young Exeter City teenager Ben Chrisene.

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But keeping Grealish at the club is one of the top priorities for Smith, the club’s owners and the Villa supporters.

The midfielder has been on the club’s books since he was six-years-old and broke into the first-team as a teenager in 2012.

Since then, Grealish has represented his boyhood club 186 times and scored 25 goals.

During the 2019-20 season, Grealish scored eight Premier League goals and added six assists to his goal contributions total, which was enough to keep Villa in England’s top division.

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Arsenal wants Grealish but won’t meet Aston Villa’s demand

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Arsenal have joined the race to sign Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish by expressing a serious interest, though are unwilling to meet the £80million valuation of the Midlands club.

Grealish played a starring role in keeping his boyhood team in the Premier League on the final day of the season, though is heavily tipped to embrace a new challenge this summer.

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Mikel Arteta’s side have now registered their interest with Villa, as report NobleSports but would be looking for the price to reduce significantly.

It is reported that a number of clubs are willing to pay between £50m and £60m for the attacking midfielder, though Villa’a stance has tightened now they have remained in the English top flight.

The club will hold out for around £20m more than suitors are currently willing to pay, wanting an £80m injection into their bank account after avoiding the financial hit of dropping down into the Championship.

Arsenal boss Arteta has however previously acknowledged that he is unaware whether serious funds will be provided for him this summer, as he sets about a rebuild of the north London club.

Arsenal’s summer transfer budget has been hit by their failure to qualify for the Champions league, along with the financial implications the club – like many others – has sustained due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Grealish, who will turn 25 in September, currently has three years left on his contract and Villa are under no obligation to sell.

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As reported by NobleSports this week, Villa’s strong valuation of their captain also appears to have deterred Manchester United, who are set to turn their attention elsewhere.

Grealish is said to be hopeful of a move in order to boost his England credentials, and feature for the national team during the postponed European championships which are set to take place next year.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add strength to his attacking flanks and is a known admirer of Grealish.

Villa’s demands however now mean a likely pursuit is off with sole concentration on Jadon Sancho, although a deal with his club side Borussia Dortmund is still some way off.

The German giants are still demanding at least £100m for the England international, who signed a new deal with the club last year.

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Aston Villa’s Smith seeks referee protection for Grealish

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Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish needs more protection from referees, manager Dean Smith said after the midfielder became the most fouled player in the Premier League this season.

Statistics by sports data provider Opta showed Grealish was fouled nine times in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat by Chelsea – the most on one player in a single game this season.

His tally for the campaign stands at 140, with Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha the next most targeted player, drawing 98 fouls this season.

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“Jack has had a marker on him all season…,” Smith told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s league trip to Newcastle United.

“The most surprising stat will be that there’s only about five bookings for those 140 fouls.

“The officials probably need to protect him more for sure. He’s got bruises all over his shins and his side.”

Villa are second from bottom with eight games remaining.

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‘Grealish too good for Villa’ – Teammate admits captain destined to leave

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Conor Hourihane has admitted Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is ‘too good’ for his side and destined for a big move.

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An impressive season in the Premier League has seen the midfielder linked with several of the division’s top clubs, with Manchester United the favourites to secure his signature.

Hourihane believes the 24-year-old has taken his game to the next level in recent seasons and thinks it is only a matter of time before Gareth Southgate gives him his first England call-up.

‘He’s top, top class. In terms of pure ability and sheer skill and technique level he’s easily the best player I’ve played with to date,’ he told the Southern Star’s podcast.

‘He’s just got that gift. He runs quicker with the ball, when he faces someone up you’re in real trouble. He’s skipping by the best players in this league so easily.

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‘He’s developed over the three years I’ve been here – he’s taken his game to a new level – especially this year in the Premier League.

‘He’s taken it by storm really. You know, England team and getting that big move is only a matter of time because, if I’m being brutally honest, he’s too good for our team at Aston Villa.’

Villa were in a relegation battle before the suspension of football due to coronavirus but the midfielder has still managed nine goals and eight assists across all competitions.

Grealish made headlines for the wrong reasons at the end of March after he broke government lockdown rules to attend a party at the apartment of his former team-mate Ross McCormack.

He allegedly crashed his £70,000 Range Rover into two other vehicles, leaving the scene before the police were called.

He later posted an apology on Twitter, saying he was ‘deeply embarrassed’ after his actions.


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