Former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker Kevin Phillips thinks both Manchester City and Manchester United will be interested in signing Jack Grealish.
Reports suggest that the 25-year-old could cost as much as £100m but, even though the figure is excessive, Phillips believes the playmaker would still present a better deal than signing someone like Jadon Sancho:
“Only the wealthiest clubs could afford to sign him, the likes of United or City. Sancho is worth over £100m and, for me, I would rather have Grealish. I cannot see him leaving in January, he is committed to the club this season but I think he will reassess next summer.”
City boss Pep Guardiola is a known admirer of Grealish’s but the fee that Aston Villa are demanding for the player may well price the Citizens and most other clubs out of a transfer.
Whether, as Phillips says, Grealish will reassess his options and make a decision to leave Villa Park at the end of the season, we shall have to wait and see. If the midfielder does force the issue, it may lead to his price tag being dropped but there are certainly no guarantees that will happen considering the loyalty he has shown to his current club.