Ex-Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor has urged Aston Villa star Jack Grealish to snub Manchester United in favour of move to Barcelona or Juventus.
United are expected to make a move for the playmaker this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to finish his squad overhaul.
However, if the Red Devils miss out on Champions League football next season then their proposal will be much weaker than what other clubs can offer.
There is no firm interest from abroad for Grealish, but Agbonlahor feels his former team-mate could easily slot in to any of the world’s biggest teams.
“I am not just saying this as I have played with him, but I honestly think he is the best attacking-midfield option that England have got at this current time,” Agbonlahor told The Sun.
“That is why, when people say Grealish to Manchester United, he could do so much better than that.
“He could walk into any team in the world, even Barcelona or Juventus.
“For where Manchester United are now, he could go to better teams around the world, so he doesn’t need to limit himself to just United and focus on teams who are playing in the Champions League.
“The good thing about Jack is that he can run with and without the ball, play in different positions and score goals.
“He is the type of player that fans of football will go to a game to specifically watch him, even if they aren’t fans of Villa.”
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Meanwhile, another former Villain Joleon Lescott has explained reasons why Grealish may leave his current club.
“If Aston Villa were to go down this season, Jack would have to move on and stay in the Premier League,” Lescott said.
“For his own development and career, it would be important for him to keep playing at a high level.
“As much as he loves the club, he doesn’t want to see them go down. If that happens, he has to leave to fulfil his potential.”
Villa manager Dean Smith also hinted his key asset could depart.
“Obviously staying in this league is probably one of the biggest things that will help us to keep Jack Grealish. He wants to play at the highest level and win trophies,” he said.
“”We have to work hard on Sunday to try and win that trophy. Winning a trophy, well, you can say we have just won one.
“But Jack’s future like all the rest of the players is down to what happens over the next three months. What we can do is assess it then.”
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