Aston Villa are braced for January approaches from both Manchester United and Manchester City for England ace Jack Grealish.
Champions Liverpool are also monitoring Grealish’s future amid claims Mo Salah is unhappy.
The Premier League giants hope the prospect of Champions League football could tempt Grealish.
The Villa captain has taken his game to new heights this term as he has starred for England.
Grealish,25, who has five caps, has also got five goals and six assists already for Villa in the Premier League.
He penned a new five-year deal in September as his pay rocketed to £130,000-a-week.
It followed dithering from long-term admirers United, who refused to meet his £80million price tag in the close season.
That value has since soared to at least £100m which hasn’t put off City boss Pep Guardiola, who is a big fan.
It is very unlikely Villa will sell their captain in January as they are having a promising season in ninth.
Their billionaire Egyptian co-owner Nassef Sawiris has also previously taken a very determined stance over their prized asset.
But Mirror Sport understands both United and City intend to register their interest and test the water in January ahead a looming summer battle for Grealish.
And if, as expected, they qualify for next season’s Champions League , it could be a decisive factor to influence Grealish to quit his boyhood team.
The Manchester giants could also afford to put Grealish on over £200,000-a-week.
The attacking ace’s stock is likely to rise even higher at the Euros after England boss Gareth Southgate admitted being finally won over by Grealish’s man of the match displays at international level.
His exciting development and growing price has made a mockery of Tottenham’s refusal to pay £25m for him in 2018 when Villa were facing financial meltdown under previous owner Dr Tony Xia.
That was the summer before Spurs reached the Champions League final in a case of might have been for both Grealish and Tottenham, who lost 2-0 to Liverpool.
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Grealish was brilliant again on Sunday in Villa’s 3-0 win at West Brom as he got an assist and won a penalty.
Jake Livermore became the fourth player since the start of last season to be sent off for fouls on him, according to Opta.
Albion assistant Sammy Lee even checked the fouled star was OK and not seriously injured after Livermore’s wild lunge on the touchline.
Grealish is the most fouled player in the top-flight ahead of Salah.