TRANSFERS: Reports that Manchester City plan £100m bid for Grealish
Reports suggest that Manchester City plan £100m bid for Jack Grealish after the Euros have finished but Aston Villa are fighting to keep him.
Daily Mail, Talksport and ESPN were among the outlets to report that City are willing to smash the British transfer record to land Villa's talisman once Euro 2020 is over.
Grealish was second for chances created and assists per minute in the Premier League in 2020/21 so it is no surprise that City would like to add him to their wealth of attacking talent. They have already submitted a formal £100 million bid to Tottenham Hotspur for Harry Kane as they look to replace Sergio Aguero.
The bid for Grealish is no more than rumour so far but the prospect of both Grealish and Kane arriving at the Etihad Stadium is certainly a formidable one. They already have Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Ferran Torres and Bernardo Silva to choose from in that area.
Grealish won more fouls and more duels than any of those options last season so perhaps this is why City want to bring him to the Etihad.
If that was to happen, you would suspect some outgoings. Bernardo Silva and even Raheem Sterling are two names that may be involved in the deal with Kane should that go through.
However, Sky Sports are reporting that Aston Villa have no intention of accepting any formal bid and have in fact opened contract talks with Grealish. They will be desperate to keep the boyhood Villa fan at the club as he reaches his peak and will hope that their own investment will persuade him. They have already signed Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City for £35 million and are also said to be interested in signing Southampton's James Ward-Prowse.
Villa have a wealthy owner and are known to be ambitious so have no need to sell. In addition, Grealish has four years left on his current contract. Nevertheless, the fact that they have opened talks with their captain shows that maybe they are wary that City plan £100m bid for Grealish.
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