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Jack Grealish tipped to force Aston Villa exit in Man City and Arsenal transfer boost

Aston Villa star midfielder Jack Grealish has an important decision to lock down regarding his future ahead of the new Premier League season.

There’s nothing in the way of stopping Grealish sealing a big-money move away from Aston Villa this summer despite the uncertainty surrounding his future building up as the 25-year-old midfielder demand is rapidly escalating and has attracted keen interest from the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal in the transfer window.

City are understood to be prioritizing Grealish – believed to be valued at around the £100million – mark as one of their top two targets, alongside Harry Kane.

Whether or not Villa’s star man decides to stay put at his boyhood club or if he will seek a new challenge ahead of the new season now remains to be seen.

Former Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy is of the opinion that an opportunity to make such a move may not beckon again for Grealish, adding that the talented midfielder needs to be “proactive” should he want to force an exit.

“Jack can do what he likes,” Murphy said on talkSPORT.

“He can knock on the door and say ‘I want to go now and win trophies and play in the Champions League.’

“He is hot property at the moment, he is at the peak of his powers and the problem is, in football, it’s very hard to have a longer-term view as a player.

“Generally you do get advised with a consistent message, is take what you can when you can because you don’t know that in a year you could do your knee, you could have a dip in form, Jack Grealish all of a sudden isn’t worth 90 or 100 million,” added Murphy.

“He might not get a Man City opportunity again, so actually, Jack doesn’t need to sit tight if he wants to move, he’s got to be proactive.”

Grealish signed a new contract at Villa back in September as Dean Smith’s side attempted to fend off outside interest.