Paul Robinson claims Jack Grealish may miss out on a big summer move if Aston Villa maintain their stance on the player’s price tag.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England number one suggested £80million may get clubs two players, rather than one, if the transfer market mirrors the economy.
The 24-year-old has been the subject of continued speculation this season with Manchester United believed to be leading the race for his signature.
However, The Mirror claim Villa are prepared to dig their heels in over their £80million valuation for the midfielder – even if they are relegated.
Nassef Sawaris and Wes Edens are reported to be in a position of financial strength despite the Coronavirus pandemic and will, therefore, not allow their prized asset to leave on the cheap.
When asked by Football Insider if the likes of Manchester United will be put off by the Englishman’s price tag, Robinson said: “Aston Villa will only be able to hold that stance if they remain in the Premier League. That stance will be weakened in the unfortunate event that they are relegated.
“If the economy is anything to go by then the transfer market will dip and player values will follow.
“Manchester United will have targets aside from Grealish.
“Extremely strong and wealthy clubs may prey on the not so wealthy. The number of players you can get for £80million may change.”
Football Insider revealed last month that Everton are also chasing the Villa captain, with Carlo Ancelotti keen to build his team around the creative midfielder.
Grealish has scored nine goals and contributed eight assists in his 31 appearances across all competitions this season.
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