Sky Sports News has been informed that City made their first approach several days ago, and the lines of communication remain open.
Villa doesn’t want to sell Grealish and offered him a new improved contract to try to persuade him that his future lies at Villa Park – despite having four years left on his existing contract which was only signed. in September.
The club are adamant they want to build their squad around themselves with the summer recruiting plans of Dean Smith – having previously signed Emi Buendia and Ashley Young – based on players who will play with Grealish, not in his place.
Much now depends on whether City are ready to respond to the England international’s Villa valuation – which is expected to be around £ 100million – and whether Grealish himself tells Villa he wants to move. at the Etihad.
Pep Guardiola is a staunch admirer of the 25-year-old and has also been linked with Grealish’s England teammate Harry Kane and has already seen a £ 100million offer rejected by Tottenham.
However, it is likely that the Premier League champions will have to sell players to build up funds to sign both players.
“Very hot property but Villa holds the power”
Kaveh Solhekol from Sky Sports News:
“Jack Grealish is going to be a hot property this summer. A lot of clubs would like to sign him, but he has a long term contract and Villa doesn’t want to sell him.
“City are unlikely to sign a forward of the caliber of Kane or Haaland, as well as Grealish. The only way that could happen is to sell players.
“Does Villa want to sell Grealish?” The answer is a categorical no. He is their captain and has four years of contract left.
“We know Grealish will be talking about him a lot 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, it’s Villa. Yes City like him, Guardiola is an admirer, but it will be very difficult to have him. “
What does Grealish City offer?
By Adam Smith from Sky Sports :
There was a national clamor for Grealish to start for England after the 25-year-old shone for a second consecutive Premier League season with childhood club Aston Villa.
Grealish defines a ‘talisman’, but he also possesses exceptional close control, which drew 110 fouls, a league record, 22 more than any other player – a staggering statistic considering he missed. a third of the season due to injury.
If you take a closer look, in terms of creating goals for 90, Grealish belongs to a ruling class of two: The only player to record higher numbers last season was potential future teammate Kevin De Bruyne.
What will happen to Raheem Sterling if City sign Grealish? Both players prefer to operate in the left channel, but the former can also cover the top, while the latter can be used in a No.10 role – so there might be room for both at the club.
The graph below compares the two players to wingers in top European leagues and highlights how much of the elite Grealish was in assists, big chances created, quick breaks, fouls won and passes in the last. third.
But Grealish would also offer City a lot more. As shown in the interactive table below, no current City striker comes close to the Villa captain for won duels and fouls, which would further reinforce Guardiola’s usual high pressure and the threat of set pieces.
Sterling offers a greater goal threat, and De Bruyne is arguably the best passer in the league, while Grealish mixes the best of the two, but his ability to take on defenders and create pockets of space to exploit is unmatched. .
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