Jack Grealish has dropped a transfer hint on Twitter after he liked a post from a Manchester United fan pleading with him to move to Old Trafford.
The Aston Villa star has enjoyed a rapid rise and been an outstanding performer in the top flight since his side’s promotion.
Injuries have somewhat hampered his campaign, but the 25-year-old has continued to show his class.
England recognition has since come his way and there is a huge clamour for him to start for the Three Lions this summer.
But his efforts have also attracted admiring glances from elsewhere as some of the Premier League’s top sides circle.
Reports this week claimed Manchester City were ready to make Grealish the first English £100m player as they consider a summer swoop.
United though have long been credited with an interest in the playmaker as they look to bolster their options.
Grealish initially liked a tweet from a Red Devils fan who said: “please join United”.
The Villa star has since unliked the tweet but speculation surrounding his future is set to rumble on.
Earlier this season though his agent, Jonathan Barnett, conceded that he is aware of growing interest but didn’t put United at the front of the queue.
He said: “The truth is we don’t know [what will happen]. There are many clubs [interested] and I wouldn’t put Manchester United at the top of that [list].
“But he could stay. He could stay as well, so it’s a conversation the club, Aston Villa, will have with Jack [Grealish] and ourselves then we’ll see where we go. At the moment he is a Villa player and he has no thoughts about anything else.”
“He could be a big star in the summer, he maybe should have been playing a little bit earlier for England.”
Grealish penned a new deal in the summer and Villa boss Dean Smith believes the midfielder will remain at Villa Park all the while the club can match his ambitions.
“I’ve built up a very good relationship over my two years at Aston Villa with Jack and we know each other inside and out,” Smith told Stadium Astro in January.
“He wanted to progress and wanted progress as a footballer first and foremost at Villa.
“It’s his team, he grew up as an Aston Villa fan, he’s been here a long time and I’ve always had that feeling that he didn’t want to leave. He wanted to continue the journey of being progressive with the football club.
“If we don’t keep progressing and become a club that’s challenging in Europe then we probably won’t meet Jack’s ambitions and there will be a time where Jack looks elsewhere then.
“At the moment, he can see the progression at the football club and he wants to be a part of that.”