Arsenal fans have regularly made it clear that Jack Grealish is a player they want to sign but securing his services from Aston Villa will be a challenging task.
The England international has been an integral part of Dean Smith’s side that have re-established themselves in the Premier League following their previous relegation and one that is now kicking on in the hunt for European football.
Grealish has contributed six goals and 10 assists in 22 Premier League appearances this term, with the Villa captain leading by example.
Those performances for club and country, alongside the fact he has a close friendship with Arsenal star Bukayo Saka, has regularly seen fans push for the signing to take place.
An astronomical fee would likely be demanded by Villa and any transfer would be expected to break the £72m record fee that was paid to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille.
The fact that he signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal just last year, tying him down to the club until 2025, will further increase the necessary price for any transfer.
However, according to KPMG, who do yearly valuations of players based on the previous eight years’ transfer prices and looking at individual players’ position, age, nationality, contract length, performance, discipline, importance to the team and media and commercial potential, Grealish is worth less.
What Martin Odegaard did after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s winner vs Benfica
Emotions were running high on what was a roller-coaster evening for Arsenal in the Europa League.
Following a 1-1 draw in the round of 32 first-leg tie against Benfica last week, the Gunners knew that a goalless draw would have been enough to see them qualify for the next stage by virtue of the away goals rule.
And things got better for Mikel Arteta’s side midway through the first-half when Bukayo Saka slipped in captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to put Arsenal ahead for the first time in the tie.
However, the Gunners could not get to half-time with that lead intact.
Diogo Goncalves’ fantastic free-kick meant Arsenal had lost their away goals advantage and had to win the game on the night – or via penalties – in order to avoid being eliminated from the Europa League.
The latter appeared to be on the verge of becoming a reality when Dani Ceballos’ mistake was seized upon by Rafa Silva to round Bernd Leno and roll the ball into an empty net to give Benfica a 2-1 lead on the night and a 3-2 lead on aggregate.