Arsenal have reportedly joined the race and made an enquiry to sign Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish this summer – a player that Kevin Campbell urged his former side to consider signing this summer earlier this year.
Grealish, 24, is set to be one of the most in-demand players this summer after shining with the Villa armband in their fight against relegation. He had a hand in 18 goals during 41 appearances, scoring 10 and creating eight.
Sky Sports claim Arsenal have made an enquiry to sign Grealish, who is rated at a whopping £80million by Villa. Such a deal then, would be a club-record fee – eclipsing Nicolas Pepe’s fee.
Relegation to the Championship would have seen his value plummet. But Villa are set to play hard ball over their midfielder’s future following Arsenal’s enquiry – though Kevin Campbell had previously urged Arsenal to sign him.
“Arsenal need an all-rounder in midfield, Arsenal need someone in the middle of the pitch who can create, break the play up, but he’s got legs, we miss that. We’ve been a strong spine for years,” Campbell told the Metro.
“There was talk of should we go for Jack Grealish or James Maddison, these type of guys would improve Arsenal. No disrespect to Ozil, but he is on the wrong side of his Arsenal career with a year left on his contract after this.”
TBR’s view – Grealish would be a sensational signing
There is no doubt that Grealish would be an unbelievable signing for Arsenal. However, the more relevant question should be, whether Grealish has outgrown an Arsenal side that might not even qualify for the Europa League.
Ozil is likely to leave and he would be an excellent replacement. But clubs in the Champions League want Grealish, and Arsenal certainly cannot afford a fee of £80million. Grealish may even stay at Villa.