Jack Grealish could STAY at Aston Villa this summer even if he dazzles at the Euros, says agent Jonathan Barnett… with Manchester United NOT now ‘at the top of the list’ of likely suitors
- Jack Grealish’s agent has spoken out on the future of his client
- The midfielder is widely expected to leave his boyhood club this summer
- Jonathan Barnett, the super-agent who represents Grealish, has added doubt
- He admits the captain could stay at Villa despite ‘many’ interested clubs
- Manchester United, City, Liverpool and PSG have each been linked with him
Jack Grealish’s agent has cast doubt on a huge summer move to Manchester United, after admitting the Red Devils are not ‘at the top of the list’ of potential suitors for his client.
Super-agent Jonathan Barnett, who represents Grealish along with the likes of Gareth Bale, spoke out this week regarding the future of the Villa captain.
The 71-year-old conducted a remote interview with SNTV in which he admitted that Grealish could even yet remain with his boyhood club, despite growing interest in his services.
Grealish has been tipped to star for England at this summer’s European championship, which could trigger a bidding war for his signature, though it seems cold water has now been poured on a move to Old Trafford.
Jack Grealish could yet remain an Aston Villa player this summer despite heavy interest
Agent Jonathan Barnett has poured cold water on a potential move to Manchester United
Barnett said: ‘The truth is we don’t know (what will happen). There are many clubs (interested) and I wouldn’t put Manchester United at the top of that (list).
‘But he could stay. He could stay as well so it’s a conversation the club, Aston Villa, will have with Jack and ourselves then we’ll see where we go.
‘At the moment he is a Villa player and he has no thoughts about anything else.
Grealish (top right) has spent the majority of 2021 on the sidelines after struggling with injuries
Villa captain Jack Grealish signed a new five-year contract at Villa Park just last September
‘He could be a big star in the summer, he maybe should have been playing a little bit earlier for England.’
Grealish has been linked with both United and their rivals City, though transfer speculation has appeared to die down after the player endured an injury-hit 2021.
Villa find themselves in a solid negotiating position this summer, after their captain signed a lucrative five-year deal in September 2020 worth in the region of £135,000-per-week.
Grealish accepted a huge pay rise – an increase of about £55,000 per week on his previous salary – and was a driving factor behind Villa’s sublime form earlier in the campaign which saw the Midlands club occupy the European positions in the table.
As reported by Sportsmail, Villa had no interest in discussing a deal for their homegrown star at anything below £80million last summer – a fee only a handful of clubs could contemplate after the coronavirus pandemic reshaped the financial landscape of football.
Grealish has been absent for Villa for several weeks with a shin problem, though is expected to be fit in time to play a starring role for England at this summer’s delayed European championships.
Barnett added: ‘He loves Villa but I think we just have to wait and see how things pan out.
‘It is unfortunate that he has got this injury at the moment but that will be fine.’