Jack Grealish will be worth around £80 million ($98m) in the next transfer window, says Darren Bent, with the Aston Villa playmaker considered to have enjoyed a better season than Harry Maguire – who Manchester United signed for £85m ($104m) in 2019.

The Red Devils are said to be piecing together plans for another big-money raid 12 months on from making the England international centre-half the most expensive defender on the planet.

A return to the Midlands could be made as, after luring Maguire away from Leicester, Villa midfielder Grealish has become a top target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he seeks to bring extra creativity into Old Trafford.

Any deal for the talented 24-year-old will not come cheap, given what he has achieved in the Premier League during the 2019-20 campaign and his future potential, but United do have money to spend.

Bent believes they will have to dig deep in order to get the players they want, but feels a bar has been set by previous business and that no argument can be offered against hefty asking prices.

The former Villans striker told Football Insider: “Listen, Harry Maguire went for £85m, a world record fee, so you look at Jack Grealish and you’d have to say Jack Grealish has had a better season than Harry Maguire.