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Will Jack Grealish Leave Aston Villa This Summer?

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Greg Lea  | 6 mins

Will Jack Grealish Leave Aston Villa This Summer?

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Jack Grealish Club After Summer Transfer Window Odds*

Club Odds Bet With
Manchester City 1/2 Betfair
Aston Villa 7/4 Paddy Power
Manchester United 25/1 Unibet
Chelsea 33/1 Unibet
Liverpool 35/1 Unibet
Arsenal 40/1 Betfair
Barcelona 40/1 Unibet
Real Madrid 40/1 Unibet
Tottenham 50/1 Unibet

*Odds up to date as of August 2nd, 2021

The Aston Villa supporters have been dealt some unhappy news on the eve of the 2021-22 season after it emerged that Jack Grealish was holding talks with Manchester City regarding a mega money move to the champions of England. It's clear that Grealish has now reached a stage of his career where he wants to win trophies and experience Champions League football.

The bookies have reacted to the news that Manchester City have lodged a £100 million offer for the player by making Grealish an odds-on chance to sign for Pep Guardiola's side. However, there is no done deal just yet, with talks always having the potential to break down and it might be that the midfielder can be persuaded to remain at his ambitious Midlands club who themselves are moving in the right direction.

However, Villa supporters are fearing the worst and it could be the case that we hear an announcement regarding Grealish in the next few days, with talks likely to amount to a big money signing according to the latest betting odds.

Grealish Has Until 1 September to Decide His Future

As the European Championship fades into the distance in the rear-view mirror, we can begin to look ahead to the start of the Premier League season. But although the action gets under way in two weeks’ time, many will not want to commit themselves to predictions until the transfer window has closed at the end of August.

Having experimented with an earlier closure of the market, the Premier League has now reverted to a system in which recruitment is permitted even after three rounds of fixtures have been played. That is controversial in some quarters, and it means that transfer sagas might still be dominating the headlines even after on-field storylines have popped up across the division. It also means that clubs like Aston Villa will not be able to rest easy for another six weeks or so.

Jack Grealish has been heavily linked with a move away from his boyhood club, who are waiting for him to make a decision. So, where will the England international be plying his trade come September 1?

Manchester City in Pole Position to Sign Grealish

Around a month ago, several reports stated that Grealish’s move to Manchester City had been agreed. The Premier League champions were to pay £88m to Aston Villa, who had supposedly completed the signing of Emi Buendia from Norwich City because they knew Grealish was on the way out. The transfer, it was said, would go through after the European Championship.

It appears that such stories were premature. We now know that Manchester City have made an official £100 million bid to sign Grealish although Aston Villa are yet to accept this fee and might hold firm considering that losing the midfielder might seriously scupper their plans for the new campaign. It might also be the case that the player wants to remain with the Villans.

It is easy to see why Pep Guardiola is keen to acquire the 25-year-old. True, he is not exactly short of options in attacking midfield. But City will once again compete on four fronts in 2021/22, and squad depth will be crucial to their chances of a successful season.

Grealish can play as part of a front three or as one member of a midfield trio, and Guardiola will appreciate his versatility as well as his quality. He has proven himself in the Premier League and will require little adaptation time, while at 25 years of age he has yet to reach his peak. Grealish’s touch, technique and creative flair would make him the ideal fit for a Guardiola side.

It is worth backing Grealish to join Manchester City this summer with the best betting sites. The price was much shorter when reports of a deal first came out a month ago, so evens represents decent (if not spectacular) value given that the terms of the deal appear to already be in place.

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Grealish Loves Aston Villa and Could Sign New Deal

On the other hand, perhaps the fact the transfer has not yet gone through indicates Grealish is having second thoughts. After all, if the two clubs have indeed agreed a fee, why else but doubts in the player’s mind would be the saga be dragging on?

Grealish loves Aston Villa. He is a Birmingham boy and a lifelong Villa fan who joined the club’s academy at the age of six. He has made more than 200 appearances for the first team and been the club captain for more than two years. Grealish spent three seasons in the Championship with Villa when other players would have moved on.

And let’s not forget: Villa are a huge club. They have still won more European Cups than Manchester City, who lost this year's final to Chelsea. Villa have been ambitious in the transfer market since the summer of 2020, signing the likes of Ollie Watkins, Emiliano Martinez, Buendia and Ashley Young. This is not a club content to settle for mere survival in the Premier League – and Grealish will know that better than anyone.

Even so, the England international should think carefully before rejecting a move to Manchester. There is a tendency to assume such opportunities will be on the table forever. There have already been calls from some pundits for Grealish to “give it another year” before moving on. But City and their like will not wait around forever. The Premier League champions will pursue other targets, and a dip in form or series of injuries for Grealish next season would make him less attractive to potential buyers.

Players like Matt Le Tissier continue to be celebrated for their loyalty to a mid-table club, but most professionals would not have taken his decision to stay at Southampton for his whole career. Trophies are not the be-all and end-all in football, but Grealish may ultimately conclude that he has reached the age where a player of his calibre needs to be winning silverware.

Manchester United an Outside Bet at This Stage

None of Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool is likely to enter the race at this stage, but there is an outside chance that Manchester United could revive their interest. It is clearly a long shot at 25/1 with Unibet but merits some discussion given the club’s interest in Grealish last summer.

Their chances of winning the race for the 25-year-old may well depend on the future of Paul Pogba. The Frenchman has less than 12 months remaining on his contract, and Paris Saint-Germain are said to be eyeing a £50m swoop.

With Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane on their way to Old Trafford, it is hard to see United splashing out another sizable sum on Grealish unless their coffers are boosted by the exit of Pogba. He and Grealish are not the same type of player, but the Villa schemer would still be an adequate replacement.

As things stand, though, this looks to be a straight head-to-head between Manchester City and Aston Villa. As indicated by the odds with football betting sites, this one could go either way.

About the Author

A London-based soccer specialist, Greg Lea has been featured in The Guardian and ESPN for his coverage of the Premier League, Champions League and World Cup.