Jack Grealish is still a wanted man at top Premier League clubs but the star could yet end up staying at Aston Villa if the season is voided.
Villa’s captain was on course for a £70million summer switch to Manchester United before the season was halted with his boyhood club facing relegation.
The in-demand star has since damaged his growing reputation after apologising and being fined for breaking the coronavirus lockdown to go partying at the weekend.
Grealish, 24, was pictured next to a damaged £80,000 Range Rover after witnesses claim the driver clipped parked cars before leaving his details and departing before police arrived to investigate.
But Mirror Sport understands the Premier League’s most fouled player is still a target for several big clubs this close-season after seven goals and six assists this term.
United are long-term admirers after trying to sign the uncapped England prospect before he penned his first big professional deal on his 17th birthday.
Yet it is increasingly likely top-flight chiefs may be unable to get the season completed.
It could grant a huge lifeline to struggling Villa who are 19th with 10 games left after losing their four previous matches.
The FA have already voided the season and expunged the results in 91 divisions below the National League in Non-League.
Grealish has three years left on his £60,000-a-week contract and doesn’t have a buy-out clause.
Villa are willing to offer him a bumper new deal but boss Dean Smith admitted before the coronavirus crisis they had no chance of keeping Grealish if they went down.
Smith, speaking in the build-up to the Carabao Cup final which Villa lost 2-1 to Manchester City, said: “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.”