Aston Villa have reportedly told Manchester City and other suitors that they must cough up at least £100 million to sign Jack Grealish.
The England International has stepped up his game this season and made himself one of the Premier League’s stand-out players. Grealish has now scored five goals in nine league games and also laid on five assists this season.
Only Tottenham Hotspur duo, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, have been involved in more top-flight goals this season.
GREALISH AND MANCHESTER CITY:
City manager Pep Guardiola might want Grealish to bring some spark to a Manchester City attack that has grown stagnant this season.
Kevin De Bruyne has also been glowing in his praise of the Aston Villa man. Per the report, Kevin de Bruyne has urged Guardiola to sign Grealish.
This comes off the back of reports that De Bruyne waited for Grealish after Belgium’s recent 2-0 win over England in the UEFA Nations League in order to swap shirts with him.
In City’s 4-3-3 system, it’s possible that Grealish could play on the left side of the midfield unit. He could potentially usurp Silva in the City line-up.
The other option would be to use Grealish on the left-wing, as Gareth Southgate has for England, and as Dean Smith has done at Villa while moving Raheem Sterling into a more central role.
Guardiola is right to have identified Grealish as someone who can give Manchester City something they are currently lacking.
GREALISH’S CURRENT STATUS
Grealish is a lifelong Villa fan, captains the club, and signed a five-year contract extension in the summer. It can safely be said that he plans on being at the club for a long time.
There’s a release clause of $133 million for Grealish in the contract which is a lot of cash.
Given his recent form, his value will continue to skyrocket. Manchester United, Arsenal, and Tottenham have all been consistently linked with the silky playmaker.
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