Manchester City have stepped up their pursuit of Jack Grealish by opening negotiations with Aston Villa. The England playmaker is a key target for City, along with Tottenham’s Harry Kane, and a decision on whether a deal can be reached is expected in a few days.
Villa is keen on keeping Grealish and has offered the 25-year-old a new contract. They intend to stand firm and build their squad around him, but their resolve will be tested if Grealish tells his childhood club he wants to leave and City come up with a satisfactory fee. The asking price would likely be at least £ 100million.
Grealish will be 26 in September and must decide if he’s patient enough to continue at Villa, who has improved every season under Dean Smith and has indicated this summer his desire to push for a place in Europe by spending $ 30million. pounds sterling for Emi Buendía and bidding for Arsenal. Emile Smith Rowe. This offer was rejected and Smith Rowe has since signed a new contract.
Grealish know City offer a path to the Champions League and a likely guarantee of trophies. City have won the Premier League in three of the last four seasons, won the FA Cup in 2019 and their streak of four successive Carabao Cup triumphs included a win over a Villa side containing Grealish in the 2020 final.
City’s desire to improve the attacking potential of a formidable team prompted them to identify Grealish and Kane as their primary targets. Tottenham rejected an offer from City for Kane worth at least £ 100million last month and maintain they have no plans to sell Grealish’s English colleague.
Kane has made it clear his desire to leave and has indicated he would welcome a move to City, describing the serve provided by Kevin De Bruyne as “a striker’s dream”.
Pep Guardiola has spoken in the past of his admiration for Grealish, describing him in 2019 as “amazing” and “a top player… who always creates something”. At this point, the City manager said Grealish was too expensive for his club, but they are now considering whether a deal can be made.