Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has been encouraged to join up with European champions Liverpool according to ex-teammate Gabriel Agbonlahor.
The England international who was handed three caps for the Three Lions believes Grealish “can do so much better” than Manchester United.
The 24-year-old has taken the top-flight by storm since returning from the Championship with his beloved boyhood club. Grealish has clocked up 28 appearances this season and has nine goals and eight assists in all competitions.
Despite Grealish’s incredible personal season, Dean Smith and Villa are very much in the midst of a relegation scrap with the Midlands outfit just one point above the drop.
If Smith’s side are to go down it would all but likely guarantee Grealish’s departure with a number of Premier League suitors certain to queue for the talented Villa captain.
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United have reportedly taken an interest in Grealish while the England international has also been linked with a host of Premier League clubs including Liverpool – though the ECHO have recently reported that Jurgen Klopp has all but played down any rumours linking Grealish with a move to the ome of the English champions-elect.
But despite the German manager claiming that Grealish is not on Liverpool’s transfer wish list, recently turned Sky Sports pundit Agbonlahor has urged the silky-skilled Villa hero to set his sights higher and consider a move to Anfield.
“I am not just saying this as I have played with him, but I honestly think he is the best-attacking midfield option that England have got at this current time,” Agbonlahor told Bet O’Clock via the Daily Star.
“That is why, when people say Grealish to Manchester United, he could do so much better than that, and he could walk into any team in the world, even Barcelona or Juventus.
“For where Manchester United are now, he could go to better teams around the world.
“So he doesn’t need to limit himself to just United and focus on teams who are playing in the Champions League.
“He is the missing piece that a lot of teams need right now. I watch Liverpool, and they are an outstanding team, but they are missing a player like him.
“There are a lot of teams that he would walk into, so it is down to Villa to have the resolve to reject bids and for them to grow as a club because they aren’t a team that should be fighting with relegation.
“They will stay up this season and will start to climb the table next year.
“The club will have to work out how much they actually value him at and how much it is worth to move him on.
“Unless a crazy high bid comes in for him, I would just turn the phones off and reject every bid that comes in for Jack.”
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Whilst Grealish undoubtedly is a talented player and would be a welcomed addition to a squad that is already littered in world-class talent.
However, as the Independent recently reported, Liverpool are determined to stick to their key principles and are unlikely to be forced into spending ridiculous figures on blockbuster signings.
The only occasions Liverpool’s hand has been forced to break the bank was to land Virgil van Dijk and Alisson – players who were seen as “transformers” and committed an all-in approach from the club.
The likelihood is that the Reds will continue with their already successful scouting system that looks to identify hidden gems from uncharted territory for cut-price fees – similarly to when they signed Takumi Minamino after activating his RB Salzburg release clause for £.25m [BBC Sport].