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Jack Grealish Must Decide This Summer Which Sort of Player He Desires to Become

Jack Grealish Aston Villa

The Jack Grealish and Manchester United potential matrimony is gathering pace in the media once again, with various reports from the Daily Mail stating that the Aston Villa captain is currently in talks to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Old Trafford revolution.

Jack Grealish remains one of Manchester United’s prime targets along with Jadon Sancho, who’s expected move to Old Trafford this summer has somewhat stalled as the club do not want to pay the proposed £108million needed to secure his signature.

It remains to be seen whether United will eventually complete the Sancho deal before their season gets underway, but given Grealish’s £80million price tag, it certainly will put Manchester United off too. The current financial situation will not allow Manchester United to pay such a figure, especially for a player without any European experience and international pedigree.

If Manchester United are failing to meet the figure quoted for Jadon Sancho so far, then the same can be said for Jack Grealish. The Villa captain has a serious decision to make this summer. Will he force his way out of his beloved football club and seek a move elsewhere or does he remain loyal and commit his future to the club?

There is a strong case for Jack Grealish to seek a move to a much bigger club to test himself amongst the elite, especially with a club playing Champions League football. Moreover, Manchester United are reportedly the only club willing to offer him a way out.

Jack Grealish Aston Villa
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Solskjaer is a huge admirer of the player, and it’s about time Grealish fulfilled his massive potential amongst the best players. Every player dreams of Champions League football, and Grealish is no different. The immense talent he’s shown throughout last season warrants such ambitions.

Manchester United can certainly offer him Champions League football next season, but he must decide whether he wants it or not, and that means handing a transfer request to move elsewhere. It’s understandable if Grealish decides not to force a move out of respect and love for his boyhood club, but the betterment of his career must be paramount in his decision-making.

Will Jack Grealish become a much better player staying at Aston Villa? That’s the ‘million-dollar’ question the 24-year-old will need to ask himself.

Grealish is reaching an age, a period in his career where his immediate future and career ambitions need to be defined. What sort of player does he want to be? Is he willing to harbour ambitions to challenge for major honours? Or does he wish to be fighting relegation season after season?

Jack Grealish is simply too good a player to be fighting for relegation. If not for him Villa certainly won’t have survived last campaign. Arguably the sole creative force in the whole squad, a player whom everyone looked to for adding some bite, imagination, and creativity in the final third.

He finished second behind Kevin De Bruyne for chances created in the Premier League last season (91). For a team battling relegation, it is certainly an impressive feat that allows fans to wonder just what he could achieve at a bigger club with more potent forwards, with creativity and chances offered at a premium.

Grealish must be dreaming of providing chances and assists for the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, and Anthony Martial alongside star-studded midfielders such as Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, and the newly signed Donny van de Beek.

The opportunity to play alongside these high-calibre players that don’t come around too often. The 24-year-old possesses the necessary ingredients, the talent, the quality, and character to thrive amongst the best, but how far is he willing to go to reach those lofty aims?

Aston Villa will not budge or settle for less than their reported £80million price tag. However, Manchester United certainly won’t be paying such a hefty sum for the midfielder, especially during the current financial climate where even the biggest and richest clubs are incredibly hesitant about spending large sums of money.

If Grealish fosters any sort of dreams to achieve much more in his career, then the decision to force a move away maybe is his only option. He still has three more years left under his current deal at Villa Park, so you can’t blame the club for demanding such a huge fee at this time. His current employers are currently in a relaxed and comfortable position regarding holding on to their best performer.

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Jack Grealish is reportedly said to be happy to remain at Aston Villa for the immediate future but is also interested in moving to Manchester United if a deal can be reached. With the Old Trafford outfit unwilling to part with £80million as quoted by Villa, he must decide where his future lies this summer.

Every top footballer holds a desire to be the best and play alongside the best and Grealish, without a doubt, falls into that category. A player of his calibre should indeed be gracing the grandest stages, but its ultimately up to him. Does he sacrifice his love and loyalty to Aston Villa in search of greener pastures, or does he stay and watch his career peter out? The ball is certainly in Grealish’s court.

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Anthony Onifade
A highly ambitious and motivated freelance football journalist always ready to speak his mind regarding the current affairs that arise throughout the footballing world, especially the Barclays Premier League and around Europe within the context of the Champions League. Owner of a well-renowned football website called 'Between the Lines' and a frequent listener and speaker on various football radio and podcast shows. Young, driven, dedicated, determined and a true football fanatic. Expect his contributions to 'It's Round and White' to be extremely engaging.

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