However, things have changed even in the last few days since The Villa Underground last updated.
Firstly, against all of odds after Villa’s draw with Everton (1-1), the club avoided the drop. This changed the landscape significantly, with any interested parties likely eyeing Grealish as a cut price addition to their squad, with Villa’s negotiating position drastically weakened.
However, with survival, Villa are in the position not only to dictate a substantial transfer fee, but for the first time have an outside opportunity to negotiate with Jack to keep him at the club. The latter does feel remote, but stranger things have happened.
Secondly, Manchester United’s interest in Grealish has been widely cited as having cooled. This is due to the expectation of a fee in excess of £80 million and that they are in advanced discussions to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. Sancho is expected to command a transfer fee in excess of €100 million Euros.
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