Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor believes Jack Grealish will remain with the club this summer, despite interest from both Manchester rivals.
Man United were extensively linked with England’s new No.7 last summer, before he ultimately stayed with his boyhood team, signing a new contract.
In his second season back in the top-flight, the midfielder shone on a regular basis, scoring 6 goals and laying on another 12 for his teammates.
Ahead of Euro 2020, Grealish continues to be linked with a move away, with Pep Guardiola and Manchester City believed to be admirers.
But Agbonlahor, who spent his entire professional career at Villa Park, believes the 25-year-old will stay put in the upcoming window, with his valuation making him unattainable to all suitors.
“Who can afford him? If Aston Villa were going to sell him they’d want over £100m,” he said on talkSPORT.
“And do Man City need him? They’ve already got the likes of [Phil] Foden, [Kevin] De Bruyne and [Ilkay] Gundogan. They’re looking for a striker as well, so are they going to spend £100m [on Grealish]?
“Man City and Man United are the only ones that would go for him in the Premier League, but with COVID are these teams going to want to pay £100m or £130m?
“I’m not too sure.”
However, Agbonlahor’s talkSPORT colleague Trevor Sinclair believes that playing under Guardiola would improve Grealish and possibly prolong his career after being on the receiving end of the most fouls in the Premier League last season.
He explained: “Pep [Guardiola] will get Grealish playing the ball quicker because that’s how Manchester City play.
“He won’t take so many knocks and he won’t pick up so many injuries. That’s really important.
“Jack Wilshere always waited until the last minute to get rid of the ball and he took a lot of heavy knocks.
“It’s not good for your future, it’s not good for your longevity and fitness if you’re always taking knocks, having a week or two weeks off.”
Grealish got some rough treatment during England’s warm-up victory over Austria, but he is happy to take those bumps and bruises, as long as it helps England to success this summer.
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“With the way I play, I’m going to get kicked all the time and I can’t be running with the ball and thinking at the back of my head: ‘If I get kicked here, I’m one kick away [from being out]’,” he said after the 1-0 win at the Riverside.
“I take the kicks as a compliment – not so much for Villa because we haven’t got that many good free-kick takers.
“But we’re blessed with them for England. The standard here when we do free-kicks after training is just unbelievable.
“So as long as I can keep getting as many fouls in and around the box.
“I’ll take the kicks to help my team, definitely.”