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Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Michael Owen claims Jack Grealish 'has his heart set on Manchester United move' and the former striker would be surprised if he went anywhere else as Aston Villa 'put an £80m price tag' on their captain

Former Manchester United star Michael Owen claims that Jack Grealish has ‘his heart set’ on moving to Old Trafford this summer.
The 24-year-old Grealish, who has scored nine goals and registered six assists this season, found the net on Sunday in the 1-1 draw at West Ham to confirm Aston Villa's survival in the Premier League.
The club captain has been heavily linked with a move away from Villa Park for most of the campaign, with Manchester United eyeing up an £80million move.
Aston Villa's Jack Grealish has ‘his heart set’ on moving to Manchester United this summer
Aston Villa's Jack Grealish has ‘his heart set’ on moving to Manchester United this summer
Despite Grealish being under contract at Villa Park until 2023 on £60,000 a week, Owen claims that the midfielder has made up his mind in regards to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side and the former England striker would be 'surprised' if he went anywhere else. When asked about Grealish’s future, Owen replied: ‘I think he’s after Manchester United as well.
‘I’m told he has his heart set on Manchester United. I’d be surprised if he went anywhere else.’
Owen believes Grealish's market value will rocket after Villa's survival in the Premier League. 
Michael Owen says Grealish is set on United despite his contract at Villa running until 2023
 Michael Owen says Grealish is set on United despite his contract at Villa running until 2023
Owen says Grealish's value will rocket after he scored at West Ham to secure their survival
Owen says Grealish's value will rocket after he scored at West Ham to secure their survival
Villa's Egyptian co-owner Nassef Sawiris is not prepared to let his star asset leave on the cheap. 
The businessman has raised Grealish's price tag from £70m to £80m as he claims he wants at least as much as United paid to Leicester last year for defender Harry Maguire.   
Owen does, however, believe Villa are entitled to demand such a figure as he is an 'exceptional' player.  
‘He’ll be more expensive now to possible suitors,’ admitted Owen. ‘There is that tie now that it’s his team and they’re still in the Premier League – it would have been an easier decision if they went down.
‘You can’t have someone like that playing in the Championship. He’s a top player; he would suit an awful lot of teams; he’s exceptional.
Co-owner Nassef Sawiris has already bumped the asking price for Grealish to £80million
 Co-owner Nassef Sawiris has already bumped the asking price for Grealish to £80million
Owen believes that asking price is justified and says he is a better player than James Maddison
Owen believes that asking price is justified and says he is a better player than James Maddison
‘People compare him to [Leicester midfielder] James Maddison and others like that but I think he’s head and shoulders above him. He can run with the ball well, score goals, he’s in double figures this season, he assists.
‘He’s actually much better out of possession and I think that’s where this season he has developed that side. He covers a lot of ground. He’s not one of those flashy players where you give him the ball and he turns it on, he actually works hard out of possession as well.’
However, United are only willing to pay around £45m with an additional £10m in add-ons for the Villa star. 
The Red Devils are convinced there will be a ‘market correction’ on player fees this summer, which will lower Villa's current asking price. 
United also believe the attraction of Champions League football may tempt him, after their 2-0 victory over Leicester City on Sunday secured their qualification for Europe's premier club competition next season. 

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