By Noel Whelan

14th Jun, 2021 | 6:00pm

Two new developments tell me Grealish is quitting Aston Villa - Whelan

Aston Villa are making waves in the transfer market and that spells out Jack Grealish’s time at the club could be drawing to a close. 

That is according to ex-Premier League hitman Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively after Football Insider revealed on 10th June that the 25-year-old has told friends he is very keen on moving to Man City this summer.

Emiliano Buendia’s move to Villa Park was confirmed last week and, as revealed by this site on 7th June, the total cost of the deal will be at least £57million.

Football Insider also revealed on 12th June that Villa have approached Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse amid doubts over Morgan Sanson and Douglas Luiz.

Whelan thinks the ambition Villa are showing in the transfer market is a tell-tale sign that Grealish, who is contracted to Villa until 2025, could be exit-bound.

“I think only the player will know what he wants,” he told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

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“But they are already showing that intent by the signings and the player that they are linked with.

“My question mark is, Buendia is very much like a Grealish on the ball, getting on it, making things tick. You’ve then got Ward-Prowse as well to add to the mix.

“To me, these look like signings that are going to replace Jack Grealish and fit into that mould.

“It’s very hard to turn down Man City nowadays. It’s almost like they are a Real Madrid or Barcelona kind of side.

“If they come calling, nine times out of 10 a player is going to want to go because they are always going to be challenging for titles.

“Jack Grealish, like Harry Kane, has got to a stage where he needs to go out on and win things and get that opportunity.

“Jack’s already been very loyal but maybe it’s time for him to move on.”

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