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Jack Grealish ‘to hold crunch talks with Aston Villa chief Christian Purslow on return from holiday’

Jack Grealish will reportedly hold talks with Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow about his future when he returns from his summer holiday. 

The Villa captain is currently away on his end of season break but is due back at pre-season training later this month, ahead of the new Premier League season starting on September 12.

Manchester United have long been linked with the 24-year-old, yet with Villa co-owner Nassef Sawiris placing a £80m price-tag on his head, Grealish’s long-term future will be decided during these late August talks, says a report in The Mirror

The report details that Grealish has three years left on his Villa deal which currently sees him earn £65,000-a-week. 

Yet he could see his salary almost treble with a big-money move, and Manchester United are at the front of the queue. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could even accelerate his pursuit of Grealish, given it now looks unlikely that Jadon Sancho will be moving to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund. 

United can also offer Grealish Champions League football after their 2-0 victory over Leicester City on the final day secured their qualification for Europe’s premier club competition next season.

Grealish was his team’s standout performer as his boyhood club avoided relegation last season. 

The Villa skipper scored against West Ham on the final day and is now keen that he is treated fairly – he wants the club to consider any offers from top European clubs.  

His goal, a powerful left-footed strike, was his ninth of the season as Dean Smith’s side stayed up by the skin of their teeth.

Afterwards, Smith said of the prospect of Grealish leaving in the coming weeks: ‘We have billionaire owners and if people want him he’s going to cost an awful lot of money.’ 

Villa took five points from their final three games to retain their top-flight status, with Watford, Bournemouth and Norwich heading down to the Championship.   

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