Aston Villa co-owner Nassef Sawiris ‘slaps huge £80m price tag on Manchester United target Jack Grealish’ with club desperate to keep hold of inspirational captain
- Manchester United are interested in signing Jack Grealish this summer
- But Aston Villa want as much as United paid for defender Harry Maguire last year
- Villa co-owner Nassef Sawiris isn’t prepared to let his captain leave on the cheap
- Grealish scored on Sunday as Villa avoided relegation from the Premier League
Aston Villa co-owner Nassef Sawiris has reportedly placed a hefty £80million price-tag on star man and Manchester United target Jack Grealish this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are firmly interested in the Villa captain, whose goals and performances have kept his side in the Premier League this season.
Grealish scored on Sunday in the 1-1 draw at West Ham which confirmed Villa’s survival and now, according to The Mirror, stubborn businessman Sawiris wants at least as much as United paid to Leicester last year for defender Harry Maguire, totalling £80m.
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is a reported target of Manchester United this summer
But Villa co-owner Nassef Sawiris has set an asking price of £80m for the 24-year-old
The report details that the Egyptian co-owner is not prepared to let his star asset leave on the cheap, even though the 24-year-old himself is considering his future this week.
Grealish stayed at Villa when they were last relegated and despite captaining the side to promotion and now survival, the attacking midfielder does have ambitions to win trophies.
As well as United, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is also an admirer of the uncapped Englishman.
Grealish scored against West Ham on Sunday as his beloved Villa stayed in the Premier League
His goal, a powerful left-footed strike, on Sunday was his ninth of the season as Dean Smith’s side stayed up by the skin of their teeth on the final day.
Grealish posted an Instagram story of himself and his manager early on Monday morning, as Dean Smith and his captain celebrated into the night following their miraculous survival.
Villa took five points from their final three games to retain their top-flight status, with Watford, Bournemouth and Norwich heading down to the Championship.
Dean Smith admitted he was partying late into the night after securing Aston Villa’s survival
Afterwards, Smith said of the prospect of Grealish leaving in the coming weeks: ‘We have billionaire owners and if people want him he’s going to cost an awful lot of money.’
He is under contract at Villa Park until 2023 on £60,000-a-week, but he could double his wages with a move away.
United can also offer Grealish Champions League football after their 2-0 victory over Leicester City on Sunday secured their qualification for Europe’s premier club competition next season.