Now don’t get worried, I haven’t heard anything.
But there are the usual rumours beginning to circulate when any player does well and they did make me wonder.
Apparently from what I’ve seen, Arsenal and Real Madrid are practically nailed on certainties to sign Jack in the January window.
I say “from what I’ve seen”, but I haven’t even read the stories because they’re nothing more than clickbait and I refuse to give them any credence whatsoever.
Of course, if Real were to come knocking, the player and the club would have to take it seriously, as you can bet they’d be talking serious money.
Arsenal, on the other hand, well, yes, they’re still a big fish, but are they really the draw that would be big enough to entice Jack? I’m really not so sure.
And the club don’t exactly seem to be in the mood for spending much anyway, after having had their pants properly pulled down over the likes of Pepe, whose value has halved since he joined them according to transfermarkt.
There’s no doubting though that Grealish has been excellent of late and someone who’s been playing so well for England that he’s given a seeming reluctant England manager no choice but to play him, is quite simply going to attract offers. Offers so large that both the club and the player are going to find very hard to resist.
That’s not nice to contemplate, but we know it’s going to happen if Jack keeps playing as he has.
So I got to asking myself what would be a reasonable fee that the Villa would accept?
I say the Villa, but seeing as Grealish is one of our own, it complicates things somewhat in that you partly have to keep the fans happy too. No one wants to think we’ve let a player go to cheaply, but it does happen sometimes.
So what would be a realistic fee then?
Well, it isn’t going to be the much vaunted £80 million is it? Which reminds me. I don’t remember a sell on clause being mentioned when we quite recently gave Jack a new contract, but I’m sure the one previous contained a rumoured £45 million. You wouldn’t get Grealish for double that now and I’d love to know if his current contract contains one.
Talking of contracts, you have to wonder how long it’s going to be before we have to double his current measly £120k a week contract. It’s madness, I know, but his agent must surely be thinking that Jack is worth a quarter of a million a week.
As much as I like Jack, I’d baulk at the thought of paying him that, simple as.
That’s £12 million a year out of our turnover of what? £90ish million a year?
Grealish is currently the best performing England player and has been for three consecutive games.
Us Villa fans all know what he brings, but now football people worldwide do too.
That makes him massively valuable.
I’m going to be reasonable and suggest that we’d want £120 million for him.
I’ve picked that figure for three reasons.
1) It’s low enough to stop Grealish and his agent saying we’ve outpriced him.
2) It’s low enough to get offers in.
3) It’s high enough to keep us fans happy. I mean, let’s face it, that’s ten £12 million players. Or five £24 million players. That is, it’s not to be laughed at.
Yet, if we were to sell him for that, I think I’d feel short changed.
It’s a hell of a lot of money, that could go a long way to adding to our squad.
But at the same time, how nice is it to have a player that does something different and frankly terrifies the opposition at even the very highest levels.
Players like that don’t come round very often, do they?