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Journalist 'told with certainty' that Aston Villa star has buy-out clause; ‘Smith has denied it’

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish reportedly has a buy-out clause in his contract with the club.

Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, journalist Ian Ladyman claimed that he has been ‘told with certainty’ that the England international has a clause in his contract that could allow a rival club to poach the 25-year-old for a set fee.

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Ladyman also claims that ‘Smith has denied’ the existence of such a clause. Grealish signed a new deal with Villa last year after the club confirmed their status as Premier League team for the 2020/21 season.

Plenty of interest in Grealish this summer

Just like last year, interest in Grealish is high this transfer window. As reported by the Athletic, Manchester City are preparing a bid to sign the Villa captain this summer. The Birmingham-based club want £100m for their star man.

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As per the report, Grealish is strongly admired by the Premier League champions. However, the two clubs are yet to hold discussions over a potential deal.

Although Grealish missed a third of last season due to injury, the winger was still in electric form for Villa. The attacker scored six goals and assisted a further 12 in 27 Premier League appearances for the Villains.

Grealish buy-out clause could be a double-edged sword for Villa

Losing Grealish will be every Villa fan’s nightmare this summer. Yet this news of a buy-out clause might see this idea become a reality should the right offer come in.

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The England international is one of the Premier League’s top attacking and creative talents. Yet if Villa were to lose Grealish due to this set-fixed buy-out clause, it could also offer Dean Smith’s side the perfect financial opportunity to sign a replacement.

Of course, it will be impossible to find a like-for-like replacement for Grealish should he leave. But with a huge transfer budget to work with, the task becomes much more manageable for the club.

And with the transfer board on a good streak of impressive signings over the past 12 months, there’s a chance the club might sign a quality option that not many fans or pundits would have initially predicted.

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