Aston Villa could offer their captain a huge pay rise in order to keep him at Villa Park

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To be in a position to challenge for honours next campaign, Manchester United will need to bring in some high-quality additions to their first-team, but it appears the Red Devils could be thwarted in their attempts to sign one of their targets.

According to the Daily Mirror, Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has hinted the club could offer their captain Jack Grealish a considerable pay rise to keep him at Villa Park.

The 24-year-old playmaker has been at the club since the age of six and has spent his entire career there apart from a small loan to Notts County in 2013/14 season.

With the standard of his midfield performances steadily increasing, a move to one of the Premier League’s big boys always looked to be on the cards, but there are suggestions that a new offer from the Aston Villa hierarchy could earn Grealish in the region of £10m a season.

Money may not be the deciding factor, however, as England honours appear just around the corner for the midfielder too.

An unwritten rule it may be, but it is entirely possible that Jack Grealish has more chance of international recognition if he moves, with the Mirror noting that he’s Manchester United’s number one target ahead of next season.