Jack Grealish is reportedly ready to make the move to Manchester City from Aston Villa – should the two clubs strike an agreement. Talks are said to be ongoing over a potential deal, which could be worth up to £100million.
Villa’s stance remains the same, they do not want to sell their club captain and are set to offer him a new bumper contract.
His affiliation to his boyhood club should not be underestimated either, particularly with Villa now in impressive shape both on and off the pitch.
But ultimately, the chance to work under one of the greatest managers in the club’s history could prove to be decisive for Grealish when Champions League football is also on offer.
According to The Daily Mail, there is confidence Grealish will sign for City in the coming weeks.
But if Daniel Levy continues to dig his heels into the ground, City are expected to pay whatever it takes to sign Grealish as he will cost significantly cheaper than Kane.
City have already played without a striker for the best part of last season, with Kevin De Bruyne often operating as a false-nine.
The Belgian has already made it clear that he is a big fan of Grealish.
“I rate him very highly,” said the City midfielder. “He’s somebody I mentioned before, talking to the teammates at City, in a random conversation.
“In England they talked about creative problems in midfield, but he brings that to a team. He deserves a shot.”
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The respect is mutual between the two with Grealish a huge admirer of his potential new team-mate.
“I’m half starstruck when I play against Kevin de Bruyne because he’s my favourite player ever,” he said earlier this year.
“I think he’s unbelievable, I think he’s easily the best player in the Premier League at the moment.
“He’s someone I personally look up to at the moment and try and, not base my game on him, but try and take stuff from his game and put that into mine.”