Man Utd chief Ed Woodward backed to pay £80m for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is ‘worth every penny’ of his reported £80million price tag. That is according to former Villa defender Alan Hutton.

Grealish is the subject of interest from several Premier League clubs, most notably Manchester United.

Grealish has enjoyed an impressive season for Aston Villa, scoring seven goals and providing six assists.

With the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic set to limit the amount of money clubs can spend in the transfer window, United face a decision over whether to break the bank for Grealish.

But Hutton, who played alongside Grealish has no doubts about his quality.

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Hutton told Football Insider: “Obviously it’s a massive price tag but in my opinion, he’s worth every penny, he’s that good.

“He could be a team’s game-changer and that’s no disrespect to anyone at Aston Villa, you know I love them to bits, but for him to be playing with a top-four team I think he’d be outstanding.

“Everybody would be buzzing off him, they would see his quality and I think he would only grow in stature so I totally understand the price tag.

“Whether what’s happened is going to affect it, I’m not too sure because it’s going to happen to every club.”

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After an enforced break from football due to the coronavirus pandemic, Grealish has resumed training with his Villa team-mates in preparation for their fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

With so much speculation, Grealish’s future is a topic of conversation in the dressing room.

However, team-mate Conor Hourihane says Grealish must focus on keeping Villa in the top flight and then decide where his future lies.

He told Sky Sports News: “Jack’s obviously hugely talented, he’s our talisman and he’s had a fantastic season.

“He’s been linked with so many clubs, lots of top teams around Europe. It’s going to be a tough summer and a tough decision for Jack.

“Hopefully, first and foremost, he keeps us up – that is the most important thing for the football club.

“And then, whatever Jack decides to do, that’s up to him. He deserves everything he gets.

“For me, he should be in the England squad as well because he has something that nobody else does, in my opinion.”

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