By Kieran Maguire

11th Jul, 2021 | 5:23pm

Aston Villa set for more big-money transfers due to "Grealish factor' - Maguire

Aston Villa will prioritise spending big in the transfer market ahead of investing in infrastructure because of the “Jack Grealish factor.”

That is according to finance boffin Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about chief executive Christian Purslow’s recent comments regarding the future of Villa Park.

The Express and Star reported on 1st July that Purslow revealed at a recent fan consultation meeting that Villa plan to expand their stadium but only gradually over the next 10 years.

Aston Villa have spent big in recent windows and have already signed Emilian Buendia this summer in a deal worth £57million including wages and add-ons, as revealed by Football Insider on 7th June.

This site revealed on 10th June that 25-year-old attacking midfielder Grealish is keen on a move to Man City.

But Maguire claimed that Villa will funnel the majority of their cash into the playing budget while he remains at the club.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “I think the club wants to focus on the pitch because the Jack Grealish factor is pretty important at Villa.

“Given the significant contribution that he makes for the team, they want to surround him with players of higher quality. Therefore, I think that is going to be the priority in terms of spending.

“In terms of expanding Villa Park, I can see the caution from Christian Purslow’s perspective in the sense that we don’t know where we are with Covid.

“We currently have the Delta variant but what happens when the next variant comes along and is equally or more transmissible?

“Then we’ve got a problem. So I think there’s a lot of merit in taking a slow approach.”

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