Manchester City have a £100m bid in place as they try to bring in Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish this summer. Aston Villa however don’t want to sell their captain and have offered him a new and improved contract to try to convince him that his future lies at Villa Park. Grealish has four years left on his existing deal, which was signed in September.
According to Sky Sports News, City have made their initial approach several days ago, and lines of communication remain open. According to Sportsmail, City are ready to table a bid for the England international and are in discussions over how to structure a deal.
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Pep Guardiola is keen to sign the 25-year-old along with Tottenham’s Harry Kane. But a lot depends on Aston Villa whether they are ready to sell the player or not. Manchester City have already started negotiating with Aston Villa over the English playmaker.
Villa are keen to hold on to Grealish and have offered the 25-year-old a new contract. They intend to stand firm and build their team around him but their resolve will be tested if Grealish tells his boyhood club he wants to leave and City come up with a satisfactory fee. The asking price would likely be at least £100m.
Aston Villa have shown improvement under manager Dean Smith in the past years and have indicated their desire to push for a place in Europe by spending £30m on Emi Buendía and bidding for Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe.
City offer a route for Grealish into the Champions League and a likely guarantee of trophies. City have won the Premier League in three of the past four seasons, won the FA Cup in 2019 and their run of four successive Carabao Cup triumphs included a victory against a Villa team containing Grealish in the 2020 final.
Pep Guardiola has spoken in the past of his admiration for Grealish, describing him in 2019 as “incredible” and “a top player who always creates something”. At that point City’s manager said Grealish was too expensive for his club but they are exploring now whether a deal can be done.
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City have been confident that Grealish is ready to leave his boyhood club and he is set to earn more than £200,000 a week at the Etihad Stadium despite Villa’s attempts to keep their captain.
Pep Guardiola will be looking to offload atleast one of his first team players in the coming weeks in order to raise funds for Grealish’s move. Bernardo Silva is now back at the City Football Academy after an extended holiday and is hopeful of a return to Iberia, with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona interested.
What has been known about Jack Grealish’ future plans
Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol said: “Jack Grealish is going to be hot property this summer. Lots of clubs would like to sign him, but he has a long-term contract and Villa do not want to sell him.
“It is unlikely City would sign a striker of the calibre of Kane or Haaland, and Grealish as well. The only way that could happen is if they sold players.
“Do Villa want to sell Grealish? The answer is a resounding no. He’s their captain and has four years left on his contract.
“We know Grealish will be talked a lot about this summer, we know a lot of clubs want to sign him, but in transfer sagas you have to look at who holds the power.
“At the moment, that is Villa. Yes, City like him, Guardiola is an admirer, but it’s going to be very difficult to get him.”
Many reports say that Manchester City might shock the world by making two 100M plus signings this summer transfer window. With the rumours of Harry Kane missing Tottenham Hotspurs’ training now being confirmed, it is being assumed that the Englishman’s move to Etihad is inevitable. Manchester City, however, are interested in signing Jack Grealish irrespective of the Harry Kane situation and a double transfer is not out of reach.