Man Utd and other clubs wanting to buy Jack Grealish will have to pay more after Aston Villa avoided relegation from the Premier League, according to Sky Sports.
Villa drew 1-1 with West Ham on the last day of the season to secure their safety after Watford lost to Arsenal.
Villa’s survival means a potential Grealish transfer will cost teams like Man Utd and Tottenham more as the Midlands club can afford to keep their star player.
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Grealish has been their talisman this season, registering eight goals and six assists in 36 games.
The 24-year-old England international has been heavily linked with a big money move to Manchester United in recent months, although this could now be called off.
It’s thought a deal taking him to Old Trafford could cost more than £80 million, which is likely to put off the likes of Ed Woodward.
United recently spent £68 million on fellow playmaker Bruno Fernandes. And with forwards Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood all in good form, the club might not be able to afford another attacking signing, especially in the current market.
This means the Villa captain is likely to be playing under Dean Smith again next season in a side that will be aiming to improve on their 17th place finish.
They are currently linked with Werder Bremen winger Milot Rashica and Brentford’s Said Benrahma, who would bolster Smith’s attacking options and provide Grealish with plenty of support.
Rashica is set to leave Bremen after a disappointing season for the club where they narrowly escaped relegation. The player was in good form, however, scoring eight and assisting seven in 30 Bundesliga appearances.
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Benrahma will be a target for numerous Premier League sides if Brentford miss out on promotion via the play-offs. They finished third in the Championship and are scheduled to play Swansea today after losing the first leg 1-0.