Liverpool will sit top of the Christmas tree for a third successive year. Their status as the hunted as opposed to the hunters remains.
Because of this, the Reds unsurprisingly are linked with some of the biggest names in the Premier League in regards to potential transfers.
The latest referred to target is Aston Villa captain and England international Jack Grealish, as per The Mirror.
Grealish, 25, would undoubtedly be a good signing; and he, unfortunately, would not come at all cheap.
A sad financial reality for Liverpool
According to The Times, Grealish previously had an eye-watering £80 million asking price. This was before he signed a contract extension with Villa until 2025.
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Now after a tremendous start to 2020/21, Grealish’s value has increased even further.
He is now an established international under Gareth Southgate, and has five goals and seven assists in 12 league games.
The Mail report Villa would now demand £100 million in order to even consider selling Grealish.
His soaring value is also partly due to a common ‘English tax’ that exists with home-grown players. However, it does illustrate Villa are well within their right to value their own player as they wish, in order to deter buyers.
Liverpool buying Grealish would see the Reds shatter their existing transfer record by some distance. While he may prove to be worth the money, it is just not a viable deal.
Also Manchester City and Manchester United both share an interest in the player, and Liverpool typically tend to avoid being engaged in a bidding war with other English clubs.
Contract length is another interesting factor here. Villa hold all the cards here and are under no obligation to baulk at any price other than the value they hold for Grealish.
Put bluntly, it would make sense for Liverpool to look elsewhere.
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