Man City close to signing Grealish on a £100m deal

Wed 04 August 2021 | 11:33

The Citizen are reaching an agreement on a £100m contract that sees them acquire Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

Manchester City

made their £100m offer on Friday and

Aston Villa

have reportedly agreed on sending Jack Grealish to the Premier League champions.

The 25-year-old, who was on a break after Euro 2020 with England, had returned to training on Monday.

He is going to decide if he wants to leave his boyhood club in a move that will be English football’s biggest transfer.

Paul Pogba holds the previous record, who came back to Manchester United on a £93.25m transfer from Juventus in 2016.

Villa, on the other hand, offered Grealish a new contract this summer, notwithstanding him penning a five-year contract last September.

Grealish graduated from Villa academy and played in 200 matches for the club, meeting the target 32 times.

"It is that enticing, exciting, game-changing potential which makes him such hot property.

"Inside Wembley this summer, the change in approach from opposition defenders when he came into the game was clear to see. They dropped deeper. They doubled up. They looked nervous and wary of what might come next. It's a growing trend we've seen in the Premier League and Grealish's skill, Grealish's reputation has now earned international respect, too.

"That possibility of what Grealish could do at the top end of the Premier League or in the Champions League is clearly a question being pondered at Manchester City. The great Pep Guardiola attracted by the potential of greatness from Grealish.

"But those deep Villa roots mean Grealish won't be easy to prise away from his hometown club. His iconic status there would be enhanced if he stayed on. It's a pivotal moment in his career and, just like during the Euros, there is real intrigue with what he does next."

"Of course, if Villa are to lose Grealish, the impact will be felt. The three months without him last season were a worrying case study: Villa won just 21 per cent of their games without, and won 54 per cent with their skipper.

"But Villa's glass should remain half full. In NSWE, they have owners clearly willing to make heavy yet sound investments and will have undoubtedly planned for Grealish's potential exit - the £38m signing of Emi Buendia and interest in Leon Bailey, linked with the Premier League's elite over the past 18 months, are evidence of that. That should go some way to plugging the creativity gap.

"And although he ended up signing a new deal with Arsenal, the attempt to capture Emile Smith Rowe was still a great show of ambition, given Villa rarely sign assets from big Premier League rivals.

"Villa aren't new to this. The so-called top six have come calling for their best regularly over the past decade, but unlike when Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph were taken away in 2015, the Villa Grealish might be leaving behind is a strong one. Villa are in the best place they have been since 2010, and the 25-year-old still has a big decision to make.

"At Man City, he is guaranteed trophies, and those questioning how much playing time he will get should remember Pep Guardiola hands out minutes like no other manager in the Premier League. City made 136 changes last season, more than any Premier League side; it's clear Guardiola doesn't necessarily need a set XI for success, especially with around 60 games a season to play.

"And those arguing that a trophy with his boyhood club would be sweeter than anything he could achieve at City should remember Villa's trophy cabinet hasn't been opened since Grealish was six months old.

"While Villa are on the up, and a City move undoubtedly brings risks, you wouldn't blame Grealish for backing himself as he approaches his peak years."

source: SportMob