Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona are reportedly joining the summer pursuit for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.
According to the Sun, the La Liga duo have both identified the 24-year-old as a potential target for the next transfer window and have been alerted to his dazzling form in England.
It is understood that Manchester United are already keen in the attacking midfielder, but he’s now on the radar of Spain’s two biggest clubs.
The report explains that Villa are bracing themselves for offers at the end of the season and they could demand as high as £60million for him.
Grealish may be fighting a relegation battle right now with Villa, but he’s been one of the most exciting individuals in the Premier League this campaign.
The playmaker has nine goals and seven assists in 27 games across all competition this season, which has surely backed England manager Gareth Southgate into a corner in terms of giving him a first senior international call-up/
It’s a huge achievement for Grealish to be mentioned in the same sentence as Madrid and Barcelona, who usually go out to buy the best in any transfer window.
There is no doubt that he’s far too talented to be stuck fighting relegation and Villa supporters will reluctantly know that he has to move at some point to reach his full potential.
Whether he could make the leap to a Champions League regular like Madrid or Barcelona remains to be seen, but he’s got the attacking flair and personality by the looks of it to play on the elite stage.
The Midlands club have got to hope they remain in the top-flight this season and then dig their heels in over his price tag in the summer.