Manchester United target and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has been heavily linked with a move away from his boyhood Midlands side with Champions League chasing United tipped to be his next destination.
In an exclusive interview with top agent Jonathan Barnett who represents Grealish, Stretty News asked the Stellar Group’s Chairman to confirm if circulating reports that United and Villa had already agreed a transfer for Grealish. Barnett quickly dismissed those claims, saying: “Absolutely no deal has been done with anybody.”
Grealish, 24, helped Aston Villa reach the Premier League last season which saw his boyhood club end their four-year top-flight drought.
Having endured a highly impressive season in the Premier League, the talented midfielder has netted seven times and assisted a further six.
It has been the inspired form and creative flair of Grealish which has been the driving force behind increased speculation that Aston Villa are demanding a £80m fee for the Englishman.
We asked Barnett if that figure was somewhat ambitious considering Aston Villa look odds on to be relegated, the respected football agent said: “I don’t think they’re [Aston Villa] looking at the Championship themselves, they believe that hopefully they’ll get out of the trouble they’re in.
“Jack believes it, he’s fighting hard, as hard as he can to stop that. That’s all that is on his mind at the moment.
“He’s not interested in anything else other than fighting to get Aston Villa out of any trouble.”
Barnett did go on to mention that the lure of the illustrious Champions League competition could benefit the young star’s development.
“On the other hand, I think as far as his career is concerned, it would be great for him to play in the Champions League and develop his great skills and i’m not sure in which country or where that will be.
“But that conversation won’t happen now because all he wants to do is fight and help Aston Villa.”