Leicester City have set their sights on Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish this summer and if the club fail to get promotion to the Premier League, they will table a £20million offer.
But the Villans manager Steve Bruce was quick to quash the talk, at least from a monetary aspect, and stated that £20million would not buy one of the player’s legs.
As quoted in the Birmingham Mail, the former Manchester United defender gave his opinion on the report: “I saw Leicester for £20m. That money now gets you a Harry Maguire, who played 30 times for Hull.
“Sam Clucas was £20m. No disrespect to them – I have had them – but how you can have Jack at that price?
“Jordan Henderson was £19m when I sold him to Liverpool from Sunderland eight years ago.
“I am going to have it all summer, I would think. I am delighted Jack is getting recognition for what he is doing on the pitch.
“But I think I can safely say £20m would not buy his right leg at the moment, that is for sure.”
Grealish has finally started to live up to the hype that has been spoken about in previous seasons but not materialised until this campaign.
Goals, assists, and consistency have all been added to his game. Three goals and seven assists in 28 appearances are the stats the attacker has produced at the point of writing.
And without the 22-year-old in their ranks, Villa have been a very different prospect.
The Birmingham club’s seven-game winning streak back in January/February which saw them shoot to second in the Championship table was halted against Fulham and Grealish’s absence through injury.
Football Insider verdict:
Grealish is 22 and has the world at his feet potentially after recovering from a kidney injury that kept him out of action for the first part of the season. Off the field issues have been curbed and while there are still blips where injuries will see him miss a couple of games here and there, they do seem to be managed better. But in reality, this is the first season where the Birmingham-born ace has been consistent so if Bruce thinks he’s going to receive considerably more than the £20 that is currently being batted about, it’s highly doubtful.