Grealish move nearing closer as City edge transfer tussle
News broke today that Manchester City appear to have won over Aston Villa star Jack Grealish. City tabled a record-smashing £100 million bid on Friday which is said to have triggered a release clause in the midfielder's contract. Grealish returned to Villa's training camp in London, on Monday and was locked in talks with sporting director Johan Lange. Villa are believed to have offered their captain an improved deal at his boyhood club with wages around £200,000 a week. However, Grealish now looks poised to sign with Premier League champions City on a five-year contract.
City are set to smash their own transfer record to land the 25-year-old topping the previous £68.4 million fee they paid out for Kevin De Bruyne in 2015. Grealish will become the most expensive British player ever and be part of a Premier League record-breaking deal if he is to be prised away from Villa. Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid in 2013 for £85 million is the current British transfer record while Manchester United's deal to bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford from Juventus, for £93.25 million is the biggest in Premier League history.
Grealish penned a new five-year deal with the club he joined aged six, just last September but it appears that he will now link up with De Bruyne having shown his admiration for the Belgian in the past. It is believed that manager Pep Guardiola is likely to deploy Grealish as a No.8 in a midfield pairing alongside KDB in what could be a formidable duo.
According to Opta, Grealish has created more chances (81) following ball carries in the last two seasons than any other player in the top-five European Leagues and Villa won twice as many points (1.8) with Grealish in the starting XI last season, than they did when he didn't feature (0.9).
Bernardo Silva is the most likely name to leave the Etihad upon Grealish's arrival with the Portuguese forward reportedly having his heart set on a return to Iberia. Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are among those interested.