Dean Smith sets deadline for Man Utd target Jack Grealish transfer talks

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa reacts during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Aston Villa at London Stadium on July 26, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors.

Grealish fired Villa to safety (Picture: Getty)

Jack Grealish fired Aston Villa to Premier League safety on Sunday afternoon but his future at his boyhood club remains a major source of speculation.

Grealish scored his 10th goal of the season in all competitions to earn Villa a 1-1 draw against West Ham and to keep the West Midlands outfit afloat by one point, with Watford and Bournemouth being relegated.

Had Villa been relegated, Grealish would have been guaranteed to leave Villa Park, likely in a cut-price deal, but his future is even more uncertain given his side’s top-flight status.

Villa boast some of the wealthiest owners in English football in Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris and Dean Smith and Villa’s top brass have been adamant they won’t sell the club’s top brass on the cheap.

Grealish, 24, is still a top target for Manchester United this summer, however, and will likely be the subject of hefty bids – and he may fancy testing himself in the Champions League and beyond.

Smith admitted talks would take place with the relevant parties over the next month as they aim to come to an agreement over the best course of action and insists his future will be ‘sorted’ in that time one way or another.

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Smith’s side stayed up (Picture: AFP via Getty)

‘I said to him he would come to the party and score,’ Smith told BBC Sport after Villa survived on the final day of the Premier League season.

‘He has been getting better and better. He has come good when he needed to.

‘It (his future) will all be sorted over the next month. Tonight we will enjoy a magnificent achievement. It feels better than when we went up through the play-offs.’

He added when talking to BT Sport: ‘I didn’t think we were great, but we defended resolutely. Defences were on top. A magnificent achievement from everyone.

‘We had to concentrate on this game. We were up throughout the whole game. Jack [Grealish] was due one and he scored a magnificent goal.

‘I was brought up a Villa fan. It is a proud moment and feels better than going up last season. It was a big change we had to make at the football club.

‘We had to build a new team, a new squad. We used the pandemic to the best. I lost my father through that period and there was a lot of disappointment, but we knew we had to work hard.

‘I have lost my voice. I expect Jack Grealish to get drunk with me tonight… that’s all I can say. I will speak to the owners tomorrow.’

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