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greal deal? Aston Villa ready to offer Jack Grealish a chance to complete £100m move to Man City


Jack Grealish has been heavily linked with Manchester City (Richard Heathcote/PA)

Jack Grealish has been heavily linked with Manchester City (Richard Heathcote/PA)

Jack Grealish has been heavily linked with Manchester City (Richard Heathcote/PA)

Jack Grealish could become a Manchester City player as early as next week, after Aston Villa insiders confirmed they will not stand in their captain's way if he wants to seal a £100million move to the Premier League champions.

Villa captain Grealish is due back in training at Villa's Bodymoor Heath HQ on Monday after an extended break following his involvement with England in the Euro 2020 finals.

And it seems he may be waving farewell to the club he has been with all his entire playing career, with Villa seemingly ready to accept what would be a record fee for a British club if City match their lavish asking price.

The previous record for a transfer in British football was set when Paul Pogba re-joined Manchester United for £89million in 2016, with Grealish now being offered the chance to create history by becoming the first £100million footballer in the UK.

Villa have also offered Grealish a new contract, but the wages on offer are considerably less than he will secure if he signs up with pep Guardiola's champions and a decision is expected to be made imminently.

Sources involved in the Grealish deal have been informed that City's push to sign Grealish may suggest they have given up hope of signing Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

City will be shattering their own transfer record if they sign Grealish for £100million, so the notion that they will then also spend £150million to try and lure Kane from Spurs seems highly unlikely.

So now it comes down to former Ireland under-age star Grealish to decide whether the time is right for him to walk away from his boyhood club and sign for a club that should guarantee him trophy success next season.

There will be question marks over how City are funding a deal for Grealish and possibly still retaining an interest in Kane and staying within the boundaries of UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules.

Yet in a story that is also being repeated at Liverpool and Chelsea, they have collected huge profits from the sale of players this summer, with the Premier League champions taking their close-season transfer income past the £50 million mark with academy graduate Lukas Nmecha closing in on an £11.2 million move to Wolfsburg.

City have already sold Jack Harrison (£13 million) and Angelino (£16 million) to Leeds United and RB Leipzig respectively this summer and netted £11.2 million in sell-on fees and solidarity payments from their former winger Jadon Sancho’s £ 72.9 million move to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund.

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