Jack Grealish is split over staying at Aston Villa and helping to lead their ambitious project or leaving and fulfilling dreams of winning titles at Manchester City, per Birmingham Live.
Aston Villa expect to know where Grealish’s head is at by next Friday as Dean Smith ramps up his preparations for the new season. Manchester City have increased their efforts to sign the England maestro by contacting the Villans, but are yet to agree a deal.
Manchester City informed Aston Villa that Grealish is their priority signing and will break their transfer record for him. They bid £100m this Friday, which ESPN note included £10m teenager Morgan Rogers. The 19-year-old would also be open to moving to Villa Park.
Ruben Dias is currently Manchester City’s most expensive purchase after joining for £65m from Benfica last September. Villa rejected their offer of £90m plus Rogers, favouring a straight cash deal if Grealish is to leave Birmingham.
ESPN add Aston Villa will leave the decision on joining Manchester City to Grealish, who Birmingham Live note is split. The midfielder and his camp are undecided on moving to the Etihad Stadium or staying and signing a £200,000-per-week contract.
Grealish is also unsure whether it would be best to stay and help lead Aston Villa in their ambitious project. Or, to leave his boyhood club for Pep Guardiola’s and fulfil ambitions of winning silverware and playing Champions League football.
The 25-year-old believed strongly in the Villans’ future when he signed a five-year contract last September. But he watched England teammates Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden in Manchester City’s Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund with envy.
And since the April encounter, Grealish has been hellbent on joining them in UEFA’s top club competition.
Grealish faces heart before head decision with Aston Villa and Manchester City
Grealish, then, faces a heart before head decision with his future at Aston Villa or leaving to join Manchester City. The Villans are the club of his heart, but are unlikely to challenge for titles next season. The Citizens, however, can offer him near-guaranteed chances of titles.
If silverware is the main aim, Grealish could have an easier decision on his hands to accept Guardiola’s approach. But if being the main man is a major pull, he knows that is possible at Villa Park under Smith.
What could swing the pendulum in the Citizens’ corner, though, is Kevin de Bruyne and some of his England teammates. Birmingham Live add they are likely attractive aspects for Grealish as he considers quitting Aston Villa for Manchester City.