Jamie Carragher claims that Jack Grealish and Wilfried Zaha are not “quite good enough” to play for Liverpool or Manchester City.
Aston Villa captain Grealish and Crystal Palace winger Zaha have been linked with potential transfers away from their respective clubs this summer.
Grealish now looks set to stay at Villa after he signed a new deal, while it is unlikely that many clubs could afford the Eagles’ asking price for Zaha.
Carragher told Sky Sports: “I think Jack [Grealish] is in a position similar to [Wilfried] Zaha at Palace, where the type of money to get him out of the club you are talking £60 or £70 million.
“I don’t think they are quite good enough to play for Liverpool or Manchester City, and teams just below the top four I don’t think they’d want to pay the money to get him.”
Earlier this month, Tony Cascarino claimed that Zaha “would be perfect for Liverpool” if they wanted competition for their front three.
“It is difficult to see where Wilfried Zaha could go,” Cascarino told The Times.
“I think he would be perfect for Liverpool. He would put pressure on the frontline trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, but the champions are unlikely to want to pay for a back-up player the kind of fee Palace are demanding.
“Should Zaha remain at Selhurst Park beyond the October deadline, Hodgson will need to summon all of his managerial experience to ensure he remains committed to the cause. Zaha will soon be 28, and there are some Palace fans who would not begrudge him a move to a club that can compete for trophies.”