Ex-Premier League striker Kevin Philips believes that Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish would prove to be a better investment than his fellow England international Jadon Sancho. Phillips talked to Football Insider aboutGrealish and Sancho amidst the interest in them from the Manchester duo of Manchester United and Manchester City.
It’s an open secret that Manchester United were keen to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund in the last two summer transfer windows but they have not been able to lure him away from the German club. Sancho was a Manchester City player before the English winger left the club for Germany in the bid to play regular first team football.
For Aston Villa midfielder Grealish, he’s attracting serious interest from both Manchester City and Manchester United. The Red Devils were the first club to show interest in the player last season, but he was seen as an alternative to Jadon Sancho if they were unable to sign him. In the end, Jack Grealish went on to sign a new Villa deal in the summer as Manchester United failed to sign him or top target Jadon Sancho. The transfer reports involving Grealish and Manchester City started some weeks ago after he made a blistering start to the new league campaign.
Kevin Philips played for clubs like Southampton and Sunderland with distinction in the Premier League during his football career and he knows a thing or two about quality players. According to him, the Manchester clubs would be better served spending money on Grealishrather than Jadon Sancho. He said that Grealish continues to improve as a player and that his expectation is that he would be the recipient of the British transfer record in 2021.
Philips expects one of the Manchester clubs to pay at least £100m to sign him from Aston Villa thus beating the present record held by Manchester United star Paul Pogba, an £89m signing from Juventus in 2016.