Manchester City are set to make Aston Villa an opening for Jack Grealish, per the Daily Mail.
Pep Guardiola has long sort the England international at the Etihad Stadium and wants this summer to be the one that he joins. The Citizens are determined to press on with talks over a deal for the 25-year-old, and hope to agree terms with the Villans soon.
Manchester City are yet to table a bid for Grealish, and will start talks at £75m plus bonuses. But the Premier League champions are unlikely to strike a deal at that figure, as the midfielder’s Birmingham outfit value their academy product at no less than £100m.
Aston Villa will only sell Grealish if a club offers them a British transfer record fee. They are also ready to hand the Three Lions star a new deal if he stays. Even though he only signed new terms in September after interest from Manchester United.
Manchester City are increasingly accepting they must offer Aston Villa £100m for Grealish. The 12-cap wizard would also earn more than £150,000-per-week at Villa Park if he signs a new contract. A figure Birmingham Live also note, but The Sun claim it would be £200k-p/w.
Reports by The Sun also claim Manchester City only need to sell one player to sign Grealish and Harry Kane. That is likely to be Bernardo Silva, with his high-ticket exit, plus the funds already raised and the removal of lower-tier deadwood, enough for Guardiola to splurge.
Manchester City will not get quick Grealish deal from Aston Villa
Manchester City want a quick deal for Grealish, but Aston Villa will make Guardiola wait if they’re not receiving £100m. The Citizens could bridge the gap between their imminent £75m offer and the Villans’ asking price with add-ons.
But the terms of those clauses will have to be very achievable and realistic for Smith’s side to bite. Otherwise, Manchester City and Aston Villa will be set for lengthy negotiations, with Grealish most likely staying put in Birmingham.
Smith will be particularly loath to lose his talisman, who offered six goals and 12 assists in 26 Premier League games last season. He has often sung the Birmingham-born star’s praises, noting via the Mirror: “He looks one hell of a player.”