Aston Villa legend permits Grealish to join Manchester United

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Former Aston Villa striker, Gabby Agbonlahor, has given his blessings to Manchester United target, Jack Grealish, who could come to Old Trafford this summer.

Villa are near complete safety in the relegation battle, and an emphatic win in their final match of the season could keep them in the English top flight next season.

Speaking to talkSPORT recently, Agbonlahor said if Grealish can manage to keep his former side in the Premier League, and chooses to go to United after that, he’d give him his full support.

He opined: “You know what football fans are like, they never want to lose their best players, but for me as a Villa fan if he can keep us up and then had a move where he’s got a chance of playing Champions League football, playing with elite stars, then I’d give him my blessing. I’d understand that.

“I might get a bit of stick for this, but it’s what I’d do in his position.

“He’s got a chance to join a club like Manchester United, or Tottenham, whoever is interested in him, and he’s got the chance to win trophies, to play in the Champions League and maybe a better chance to get into the England squad.

“So from that point of view you can understand it and I feel Villa fans will be happy with what he’s done for Aston Villa and hopefully, fingers crossed, he’s kept them up.

“At this time of his career, he’s coming into his prime at 25, so he can’t really turn down a chance of going to a top club, you just can’t do it.”

Grealish has been on Solskjaer’s radar for months now, but rumours say the Villa captain could cost around £80 million, which could hamper a deal for him, after Ed Woodward’s recent warnings about spending with caution in the coming summer transfer window.