According to The Athletic, 24-year-old Aston Villa captain, Jack Grealish is set to leave the club this summer. It seems that the midfielder’s time in Claret and Blue is nearing the end.
The Villa midfielder has been superb for them, being the only standout element for them in what has otherwise been a horrible Premier League season for Aston Villa. Scoring on 7 occasions and creating another 6, Grealish has been the focal point of the attack for the club and with another relegation on the cards, it makes sense for their standout player to consider a move elsewhere.
Aston Villa currently sits at 18th with 27 points, only a point behind 17th placed Watford. However, with just 5 games remaining, they are yet to play against Manchester United and Arsenal. Therefore, it’ll be quite tough for them to come out of the relegation zone.
Irrespective of whether Villa gets relegated or not, the chances of them retaining the Englishman is very slim. Former Aston Villa coach Tim Sherwood has recently claimed that Jack Grealish ‘s move to Manchester United is apparently a done deal and Old Trafford is his only possible destination. Sherwood, who managed Grealish during his time at the Aston Villa, told Premier League Productions (via Metro):
“I think Jack Grealish is a deal which is already done,”
“He’s a player that they [Manchester United] need. I honestly believe there’s only one club for Jack Grealish.”
The young and fiery midfielder has come out as a top target for Ole’s team this summer, as the United manager still needs a creative midfielder to play alongside Bruno Fernandes. However, there are speculations that signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa may result in a few United players having to leave the club, with Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira being the first names.
Lingard was once considered as one of the best United academy products but seems to have lost his way in this squad now. The 27-year-old has gone a full year without scoring or assisting in the Premier League, which is certainly not aligned with United’s standards.
For him to get more playing time, he would, for sure, be looking at a move elsewhere and Manchester United do not seem to be his best bet at the moment.
Andreas Pereira is another player who has certainly had his ups and downs in the team, even then he lacks the quality and composure to be a permanent starter for United in my opinion and Signing Jack Grealish unquestionably checks these boxes.
With his addition alongside players like Fred and Scott McTominay, who have already carved out a place for themselves in the first team, the chances of Pereira playing for the first team will be narrowed down even further. In his quest for regular game time, Pereira might need to leave the club soon and a likely transfer in the summer makes sense for all the parties involved.
Juan Mata is another who seems to be on the fringes. The 32-year-old Spanish playmaker has struggled to find his place in the squad this season. Last summer, Mata signed a contract extension with the club. Since then, he has only started 25 percent of the games for the Red Devils with a mere 18 Premier League appearances. Sansursuz Futbol, a Turkish website, has recently claimed that Juan Mata has shown interest in joining Fenerbahçe this summer and for me that seems like a realistic scenario that might play out in the summer.
If Jack Grealish signs for the Red Devils, a number of present midfielders will be pushed down the pecking order with reduced game-time and might even have to shipped out before that in order to raise the exorbitant funds needed in these precarious times. However with Ole at the helm, we know that the onus is going to on signing young and promising talents who can be molded the United way and doing whats in the best interest of the club and Jack Grealish from Aston Villa fits the bill perfectly there despite the possible outgoings.