Report: American group who had £30m Villa bid rejected wanted to keep Grealish

Tony Xia, Owner of Aston Villa looks on ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on November 21, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa allegedly rejected a £30m offer from an American group who made a proposal to keep hold of prized asset Jack Grealish.

Tony Xia, Owner of Aston Villa looks on ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on November 21, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has rejected a £30m offer from an American group to buy a 30 percent stake in the club, reports Birmingham Live.

This comes after a bid from a European consortium for 51 percent was also turned down by Xia, despite the Chinese businessman seeking outside investment at Villa Park.

A general view of the outside of the ground prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Cardiff City at Villa Park on November 26, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

The latest offer from the American group met the owner's financial demands, which is probably why they were confident of getting the go-ahead.

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They were also willing to discuss the possibility of a potential takeover in the future and would give a further £15m should the Villans be promoted to the Premier League within the next two years.

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa runs with the ball under pressure from Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Aston Villa and  Fulham at Wembley...

Yet the proposal they made that would probably please the fans of the Birmingham club the most is the desire to keep hold of Jack Grealish.

Grealish has been strongly linked with a move to the top flight of English football, but the consortium recognised the importance of the 22-year-old to the team and wanted to retain the services of the midfielder - unless an offer in excess of £40m was received.

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