Aston Villa have slapped a £100 million price tag on captain Jack Grealish in a bid to deter Manchester United making a bid for him.
United were heavily linked with a move for the 25-year-old in the summer when he was worth £70 million, but in the end they decided not to pursue their interest, signing Donny van de Beek from Ajax instead.
However, they continue to monitor his progress, but his value has since increased at least for any club interested in buying him. That is because he signed a new five-year deal with Villa in the summer, and he has also broken into the England team.
So far this season he has scored five times and provided five assists, which makes him join third highest in terms of involvement in Premier League goal movements.
The highest ever transfer fee involving a British player was the £85 million Real Madrid paid Spurs for Gareth Bale in 2012, so any bid for Grealish would need to top that.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.