Jack Grealish has a £100m release clause in his contract. Grealish was torn about the decision to leave but Villa feels they are probably two or three years away from where they would need to be in their project to convince him to stay.
Jack Grealish will undergo a Manchester City medical on Thursday. It will be done ahead of his proposed £100m transfer from Aston Villa.
The city submitted its offer on Friday. Also, it activated a £100m release clause in Grealish’s Villa contract.
The move would represent the biggest transfer in English football history. It will be breaking the previous record held by Paul Pogba. He rejoined Manchester United for £93.25m from Juventus in 2016.
Grealish was given an extended break after playing for England at Euro 2020. He has been training with his Villa teammates in London all week and was once again with the group on Wednesday.
It has been very difficult for 25-year-old Grealish to decide. If he wants to leave the club he has supported all his life and been a part of for 19 years. He was torn about the decision.
Grealish’s decision has been accepted by the management. Also, players at Villa wished him well for the future and also hold no bitterness over his departure. They hope the fans share that same understanding and that Grealish’s legacy at the club will remain intact.
Villa feels they are probably two or three years away from where they would need to be in their project to convince Grealish to stay.
But they feel his departure may end up accelerating that process.
Villa did offer Grealish a new and improved contract earlier this summer. Despite him signing a five-year deal last September.
Grealish is a Villa academy graduate and has made over 200 appearances for the club. In between, he scored 32 goals.
Villa is expected to formalize its interest in Norwich City attacking midfielder Todd Cantwell. Once Grealish’s move to City is finalized, Aston Villa is going to target him.
As yet, there has been no official contact, but Norwich is aware of Villa’s interest.