Jack Grealish is now rated in the £100m bracket by his club Aston Villa after his brilliant start to the season, claims a report.
The 25-year-old Birmingham-born player has stepped up through the gears this season and made himself one of the Premier League’s stand out players.
Grealish was instrumental in keeping Villa in the Premier League with eight goals and six assists last season. However, this season he has stepped on the gas and forced his way into Gareth Southgate’s England XI.
Grealish has already scored five goals and grabbed six assists in nine Premier League games and Southgate has been unable to ignore him.
The former Notts County loanee now looks a cert for England at the Euros after a string of impressive displays for the Three Lions.
Jamie Carragher recently likened the Villa man to £130m Eden Hazard and that has not been lost on Villa officials.
The Daily Telegraph report that Villa believe their talisman is worth at least £100m in the current market. That will leave any interested clubs facing the prospect of having to make the England international the most expensive British player in history.
Manchester United were interested in Grealish in the summer, but they placed all, their eggs in the basket of Jadon Sancho. United failed in their pursuit of Sancho and did not lodge a serious offer for Grealish.
Villa are said to have wanted around £70m for their star man in the summer, but that has now risen dramatically in line with Grealish’ performances.
Only Tottenham Hotspur duo Harry Kane (16) and Heung-min Son (11) have been involved in more top-flight goals so far this season. And with Daniel Levy pricing his duo up at well over £100m, Villa see no reason why Grealish should not be priced up similarly.
Grealish went on to sign a new five-year deal in the summer after admitting it was 50-50 whether he left the club.
The report claims, barring a huge January offer “there is no chance” of Grealish leaving Villa in January and the club think they can keep him next summer too.
Last month, according to The Independent, sources close to the player believe it is “only a matter of time” until Grealish is playing for a top six club. And United’s City rivals could swoop in.
Man City recently emerged as contenders for Grealish, and it appears they are firming up their interest. The report from The Independent indicates that Pep Guardiola discussed Grealish with the club hierarchy when negotiating his own new contract recently.
Villa’s owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens are under no pressure to sell though.
Meanwhile, Grealish has been likened to Paul Gascoigne, and Carragher recently said Grealish was similar to Real Madrid’s Hazard.
Carragher said: “Another player I do want to compare him to, because of the position he plays, is Eden Hazard. In this left side of a front three, he’s got a similar sort of build, powerful legs, backside as well.
“How many times did we see Eden Hazard release that burst of pace? He’s probably a bit quicker than we give him credit for. He’s different in that position, he’s not Sterling, Mane, Salah who’s going to make penetrating runs all the time in behind, he’s going to come to feet more often than not. When he’s running at people, it’s round the edge of the box.”