Jack Grealish has finally signed Manchester City for £100m on a five-year deal. The Premier League champions will officially confirm the transfer in the next few days. The Premier League champions put in a bid for the England international at the end of July, with reports having indicated that he was already in Manchester to sign the deal. The £100m deal would be a new British transfer record surpassing the £89m Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba in 2016.
Famous transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed the reports on his official twitter handle. He wrote, “Jack Grealish has signed his contract until June 2026. He’s gonna be announced as new Manchester City player for £100m from Aston Villa. Paperworks signed yesterday evening between the two clubs. Pep Guardiola has already spoken directly with Jack. Here-we-go confirmed.”
City, Villa and Jack Grealish’s representatives are involved in the last stage of negotiations on a day when Villa added to their attacking options by signing Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen for about £30m. A deal could be concluded in time for the England midfielder to play in the Community Shield against Leicester City on Saturday.
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Jack Grealish, who was given an extended break after playing for England at Euro 2020, has been training with his Villa team-mates in London all week and was once again with the group on Wednesday. He will now have to decide whether he wants to depart his boyhood club in a move that would represent the biggest transfer in English football history.
Jack Grealish’s history with Aston Villa
Grealish has been with Villa since the age of six and faced a difficult dilemma over leaving his boyhood club, but a move to Etihad Stadium offers the opportunity of challenging for the Premier League as well as playing Champions League football, which is some way off for Villa even though owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have ambitious plans for the club.
Jack Grealish is a Villa academy graduate and has made over 200 appearances for the club, scoring 32 goals. Grealish is a lifelong Villa fan and has been with the club for all his professional career, other than one brief spell on loan with Notts County as a teenager. Villa have tried hard to keep Grealish, offering an improved deal, but a transfer for a record fee paid by an English club is poised to be completed.
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Grealish has also made no secret of his admiration for Kevin De Bruyne and struck up a close relationship with rising City star Phil Foden with England, while working with Guardiola gives him the opportunity to elevate his career even further.
Can Grealish shine at Manchester City?
Guardiola believes Jack Grealish’s creativity can offer an extra attacking dimension to what is already one of the most potential attacking units in the English game. City scored 83 goals in the Premier League last season, 10 more than the second-highest scorers Manchester United, but Guardiola evidently feels they are capable of more.
City are also keen to sign Harry Kane, who has stayed away from Tottenham this week in the hope of forcing a move. The Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, does not want to sell and it would take an offer substantially above the £100m already rejected for a deal to go through.
Villa are interested in Tammy Abraham and could bid for the striker, valued by Chelsea at £40m, with proceeds from the expected sale of Grealish, whose move would smash City’s transfer record.
This transfer makes Grealish the ninth most expensive player in history. Only eight players have ever commanded a transfer fee of £100m or more.