Update on Jack Grealish’s future amid interest from Man Utd and Man City

Aston Villa intend to keep their hands on Jack Grealish and push back any potential approaches for him during the January transfer window, although clubs like Man Utd and Man City are showing interest in the player.

The Villa captain signed a new contract with the club last summer after retaining his Premier League status and has had another stellar season so far, scoring six goals and nine assists so far in all competitions.

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Grealish landed an assist at Old Trafford in United’s New Years victory | Pool / Getty Images

Manchester United and Manchester City are said to be interested in suing him last summer, but have chosen not to and the Villans should remain vigilant in letting any offers go this month, according to the Daily Mail.

The club have spent a lot to keep up with their last survival in the Premier League and now find themselves in contention for European qualification as a result, so owners Nassed Sawiris and Wes Edens have no interest in undoing such work by letting Grealish go.

The Red Devils chose to sign Ajax’s highest-grossing Donny van de Beek in the summer for just £ 40million when Grealish’s price naturally climbed after Villa survived. Athletic report that City are still keeping an eye on the 25-year-old, as are United, who may move depending on what happens with Paul Pogba’s future and Villa’s financial demands.

Donny Van De Beek
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reiterated the need for patience with Van de Beek | Pool / Getty Images

Grealish leads the Premier League rankings for Chances Created and Great Chances Created and can operate both broadly and centrally. While the immediate concern is where the Red Devils would find room for him in the XI given that Van de Beek has only managed two Premier League starts so far, there’s no denying the creative flair he has in him. ‘he would bring to Old Trafford.

United still lack a right-wing striker who failed to land Jadon Sancho last summer, but welcome Amad Diallo to the club this month, and Facundo Pellistri is plying his trade in the Under-23s. The pair have a lot to learn at just 18 and 19 respectively, and might not be the answer in the short term.