Aston Villa will not be moving from their £80m valuation of Jack Grealish, even if they are relegated from the Premier League this season.
That is, according to a fresh report from the Sun, who claim the Villans will demand the massive fee if Manchester United continue to follow up their interest.
Grealish has been the subject of transfer speculation for much of the campaign. The midfielder has been the big shining light for Villa, despite their Premier League struggles.
United are thought to be keen on Grealish, as well as fellow English midfielder, James Maddison.
However, Villa will not simply allow their star man to leave on the cheap. And that includes if they are relegated, with officials at Villa Park taking a firm stance over their prize asset.
The report claims that Villa will be under no pressure to sell thanks to the £12bn fortune their owners hold.
Matters could, however, become complicated if they do go down. Grealish will be harbouring ambitions of playing for England in Euro 2021. He will, then, need to be playing in the Premier League.
£80m is a big ask and probably unreasonable, especially if relegated – TBR View
Aston Villa can dig their heels all they want when it comes to Grealish, but the fact remains that they will be selling him if they go down.
Grealish needs PL football. If Villa goes down, he’ll want to move on and challenge himself elsewhere.
£80m seems a big ask, too. Sure, Grealish is a quality player and the selling club has every right to determine a player’s value.
But in a market that’s set to be driven down thanks to worldwide matters, Villa would be extremely fortunate to pocket £80m for their top star.