Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has certainly caught the eye this season, and he could well be on his way come the end of the campaign.
The 24-year-old may not have been at his best in Sunday’s League Cup final loss to Manchester City, but that won’t have stopped several top sides from chasing his signature.
Grealish looks destined to remain a Premier League player, and could therefore leave Villa should they suffer from relegation this season.
Dean Smith’s side sit 19th in the league table, with just seven wins from their 27 games.
But their captain has been central to the success they have enjoyed this season. Grealish boasts seven goals and six assists for the league campaign.
And his displays have impressed not only Smith, but England manager Gareth Southgate. The midfielder’s assists tally is level with Leicester’s Harvey Barnes, with both behind only Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold in terms of English players.
But Grealish has been a standout for Villa in their fight against relegation. And that has caught the attention of the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, who will undoubtedly attempt to sign the midfielder should his current side be relegated back to the Championship.
A lifelong fan who joined the club age six, it could all be over very soon for Grealish at Villa, who will find it hard to keep their star if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Jose Mourinho call. A brief loan spell at Notts County in 2013/14 saw him leave the side on a temporary basis, but a more permanent exit this summer is looking increasingly likely.
It’s currently 11/10 for Grealish to join Man Utd in the upcoming transfer window.
He’s 8/1 to be a Spurs player come the new season, and 12/1 to make the switch to Chelsea.
And finally, it’s 25/1 for the 24-year-old to join either Manchester City or Leicester.
Villa’s fans, board and indeed Grealish’s team-mates will be desperate to keep hold of their main man, particularly if the club fail to avoid the drop. If they suffer from the dreaded fate, they will need his stunning performances to carry them back to the top-flight.
But the midfielder’s future remains uncertain. And a call-up to Southgate’s England setup will only help further Grealish’s already glowing reputation.