Manchester City’s £100m transfer bid for England midfielder expected to be accepted by Aston Villa
Manchester City made £100m offer for Jack Grealish on Friday. Also, Aston Villa offered their captain a new contract.
But it is good news for City fans that Aston Villa has now accepted City’s proposal. Grealish’s move is bigger than Paul Pogba’s 2016 transfer to Manchester United. After that, it will become the biggest mid-field transfer in English football history.
Manchester City’s £100m bid for Jack Grealish is expected to be accepted by Aston Villa.
Villa is yet to formally respond to City’s offer. The offer was made on Friday. It is understood they are now willing to allow their captain to leave.
It means Grealish now has to decide whether he wants to move to the Etihad Stadium in what would be the biggest transfer in English football history.
The previous record is held by Paul Pogba. He re-joined Manchester United for £89m from Juventus in 2016.
Although they are now ready to accept City’s bid. Villa did offer Grealish a new and improved contract earlier this summer. Despite him only signing a five-year deal last September.
Neither Villa nor City has commented on the potential transfer.
City also wants to sign Grealish’s England team-mate Harry Kane. They made a £100m offer for the Tottenham striker earlier in the window.
Spurs rejected City’s bid. Although Kane has made it clear to the club that he wants to leave north London this summer.
It is unlikely City would be able to afford both Grealish and Kane this summer unless they sell some first-team players.
Grealish’s X-factor and his special appeal
“Aston Villa supporters have been hailing him for years, celebrating a special talent which had emerged from their youth ranks. It took some time for fans of other clubs to get on board but Jack Grealish and his X-factor have won over all the judges now. At Euro 2020, the sound of England supporters cheering his warm-ups and chanting his name, urging Gareth Southgate to throw him into the action, was the perfect illustration of that.
“He appeared for just 137 minutes at that tournament but he was a major story throughout. His two assists and cameos off the bench were a tantalizing glimpse of what England had in the locker and drove the conversation about how they should attack.
“It is that enticing, exciting, game-changing potential which makes him such hot property.