Arsenal legend Paul Merson sends message to Manchester United transfer target Jack Grealish

Arsenal hero Paul Merson has suggested Jack Grealish will leave Aston Villa
Arsenal hero Paul Merson has suggested Jack Grealish will leave Aston Villa (Picture: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson says Jack Grealish will ‘100 per cent’ have to leave Aston Villa if the club get relegated from the Premier League.

Manchester United have identified Grealish as one of their top targets ahead of the summer transfer window and are preparing a £70million move to bring the Villa captain to Old Trafford.

Grealish helped his boyhood club secure promotion from the Championship last season and has impressed in the Premier League this term despite Villa’s struggles.

Dean Smith’s side were 19th in the table and two points from safety with a game in hand when the 2019-20 season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Asked whether Grealish would be forced to leave Aston Villa if the club drop back into the Championship, Merson told Sky Sports: ‘100 per cent.

‘If Villa go down, I think Grealish will be sold. He’s a Villa through and through, he loves the club.

‘But he will have to move on if he wants to better himself, there’s no doubt about that.

United are plotting a £70m move for the Aston Villa captain
United are plotting a £70m move for the Aston Villa captain (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s hard to say that because Villa is a great club but he needs to be playing in the Premier League. He would have to leave.’

Merson also said Grealish had a better chance of forcing his way into the England squad for Euro 2020 in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis.

‘I think it probably helps Jack Grealish in that sense,’ the Arsenal legend added.

‘He probably wasn’t getting in the squad [if the tournament happened this summer] but with one more good season he could.

‘I’m afraid to say as an ex-Villa man that he’ll probably move on.

‘But football is a funny game. Young players who were flying before this all happened could suddenly lose form.’

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