Grealish moves to Manchesterby A. Thompson - 2nd January 2018
Aston Villa have just confirmed that they have sold Villans fan-favourite Jack Grealish. Despite the recent transfer rumours that he was going to Manchester city, he has instead ended up on the other side of town having be snatched up by the rivals Manchester United. The price is reportedly around £30 million, how many of those are add ons is not currently known. Despite being very early in the window, this is most likely to be the biggest january signing this year and maybe even the decade.
Villa Manager Paul McGrath said in a press statement that he was sad to see Graelish go, but that he was happy with the overall deal. “Your most valued players are obviously the most valuable. When another team thinks he’s worth as much as you do and willing to pay, then it would be foolish not to do the deal.” McGrath played down the loss of Grealish “It’s obviously a player we’re going to miss and I’m not looking forward to our future games against United, but we believe that we are already covered from within the team.”
The, now former, Villa no. 10 have hoisted a lot of praise since he became a first team regular in 2014. Having been named Irish player of the year twice. Grealish was also named the fans player of the year for the past two season and was well under way this season too. “He is going to be sorely missed, it is rare to have a player that can provide goals, assists, and passion on the field at the same time”, said the fans’ spokesperson George Branford to the Birmingham Observer. Branford also had a plea for the club, “We hope that the amount of money we got for him will be reinvested in the squad. It would be a shame if the money were wasted away”
Manchester United manager Ernesto Valverde welcomed Grealish to the club and stated that “we have gotten ourselves a great talent, who will help move this team forward. Valverde played down the suggestion that they may have paid too much for him when the January transfer window is notorious for overpriced transfers. “We looked at this deal as we would any deal. If we want to pay the asking price, why hesitate to do a deal?”
The Irish international have been at Aston Villa for 7 season, totaling up 127 league games and splitting his contribution with 34 goals and 32 assists. Grealish had his debut for Ireland in September 2015 against Georgia and have since then racked up 15 games and 2 goals in the green jersey.