Former Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has claimed that Aston Villa fans won’t begrudge Jack Grealish moving to Manchester City this summer amid talks of a £100million move.
The Villa skipper is one of the players Manchester City are considering buying this summer as they aim to defend the Premier League title and also impress again in Europe next season.
Reports over the course of the past month have suggested that the Villa midfielder has been attracting significant levels of interest from City ahead of a possible big-money move this coming summer.
Tele Football early this week reported that Pep Guardiola regards Grealish as one of the best players in the premier leaque and he is one of the players Manchester City are considering this summer.
However, with the Villa captain having signed a new deal with the club just last summer, Dean Smith’s side are in a strong position, sparking speculation that any fee could be as high as £100m.
While Bent says that can be seen as “excessive”, the fee is also about what the player is worth to his club.
“Transfer fees have gone out of the window, I think it’s a bit excessive but he’s certainly worth £100million to Aston Villa because if they lose him, we saw what they were like without him,” he told talkSPORT.
“He’s been superb for Aston Villa and there will be no Aston Villa fans begrudging him a move to Manchester City because he’s been superb, £100m as well.”
When asked if a move to the Etihad Stadium would benefit the England international, Bent had no doubt over the answer.
“To play with better players, rather than him having to do everything which is what he’s had to do,” he added.
“Look at the likes of (Phil) Foden what he’s had to do, if he (Grealish) went to City, De Bruyne, Foden, Mahrez, world class players – he’d go from strength to strength.”