After a rather quiet summer so far, Manchester City could be on the verge of completing one of the biggest deals of the window. All things going well, Jack Grealish could be headed to Manchester, with a move to the Premier League champions all but 'done'. We reported yesterday about the likelihood of this deal happening, and several reputable outlets have confirmed those links once again.
As per SkySports, the reigning champions sent in an official bid for the Villa captain on Friday. It is believed that a deal would be agreed upon between all parties. The fee in question is around £100m, an amount that would make the midfielder the most expensive Premier League player ever.
Grealish was back training with his Aston Villa teammates on Monday, after getting an extra break, following his involvement with England in the just concluded Euro 2020 tournament. However, he could be spotting new colours next season after talks between City and Villa progressed swiftly. A deal in principle could be announced between the time of writing and the next 24 hours.
Is Jack Grealish worth that amount?
No one can question the quality Jack Grealish possesses but question marks will surely remain about his price tag. For all of his star-studded abilities, many are of the opinion he is not worth that amount. However, there are many reasons to see why he is going for a herculean price.
The obvious price is the fact that he's English and comes off the back of a summer where he showed he could be a game-changer for Gareth Southgate in the Three Lions setup. Coupled with that, he only just signed a five-year deal with his boyhood side last summer, and that alone is another major factor to consider.All of the above combined with the fact that he's still only 25, and one could perhaps understand his price tag.
Manchester City are also known to be serial spenders and the fact that Villa are well aware of the financial status of their suitors' points in onection that only a substantial fee would let them sell their prized asset.
How will Grealish fit in at Manchester City?
City might boast a host of attacking talent on their books, but the 25-year-old will offer a unique dimension to Guardiola's options.
Primarily an attacking midfielder, Grealish has played severally on the left flank for Villa, and that could be one option for City, especially with the presence of De Bruyne in the mix. In the same vein, he could also be deployed more centrally, and he could easily fit almost anywhere in midfield, depending on the game plan.
In the 2020/21 season, only one player managed more than the 6.18 shot-creating actions Grealish made per 95 minutes. Surprisingly or not, that man is Kevin de Bruyne (6.40). It means City could yet have two of the league's most creative stars on their hands.
However it may be, Grealish would come as a good buy for City on paper, and only time will tell if he'll live up to his price tag.