Manchester City are confident of convincing Jack Grealish to take its offer over renewing the deal at Aston Villa. According to rumours, Grealish is torn between leaving Villa and making a fresh start. However, sources familiar with the subject claim that the 35-year-old is interested in playing at the Etihad Stadium from the next season.
Pep Guardiola’s squad kick-off their Premier League journey on August 15, and the club has offered £100 million to help Grealish activate his release clause. While Manchester City initially tried to sweeten the deal by offering 19-year-old Morgan Rogers in exchange, Aston Villa rejected the gesture instead of settling for a cash-only deal.
While Aston Villa are yet to formally accept the offer, it’s believed that plans are in motion to allow their captain to leave for England. It’s now up to Grealish to decide whether he wants to move to England or continue playing for his boyhood club.
City broke all financial records to acquire Grealish. The club had previously spent £93.6 million for Paul Pogba back in 2016. While Villa are ready to accept City’s offer, it gave Grealish a new contract with higher remuneration, and the contract is binding for the next four years. Both the clubs are yet to officially comment on the deal.
The Road Ahead
Grealish was seen training with Villa this weekend after celebrating Euro 2020 by holidaying with friends. Grealish’s move to City puts a question mark on Bernardo Silva’s future with the English squad. The attacking midfielder was spotted at Monday’s training session.
The chance to play in the Premier League along with the challenges of the Champions League is drawing Grealish to Manchester City. Villa are aware of the developments and hasd bringing in replacements to deal with the chain of events. The management is currently considering bringing Leon Bailey over from Bayer Leverkusen.
Manchester City made Grealish and Tottenham Forward Harry Kane a priority. However, if Grealish agrees to the transfer, City might not be in a financial position to acquire Kane. Both strikers are worthy replacements for Sergio Aguero, who left for Barcelona at the end of last year.
And with Kane valued at nearly £100 million, City must displace their current bench strength to afford the Tottenham talisman. Unsurprisingly, the Spurs aren’t keen on selling Kane, who wishes to play for City. However, Harry Kane must still serve three years on his current contract.