Manchester City try to seal the £100m signing of Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish forward of Saturday’s Neighborhood Defend conflict in opposition to Leicester City at Wembley, sources have advised ESPN.
As reported by ESPN on June 7, Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola had recognized Grealish as a key summer time goal on a par with Tottenham ahead Harry Kane, however whereas a transfer for Kane has but to make important progress, the Premier League champions are near finishing a cope with Villa for Grealish.
Though the 25-year-old signed a five-year contract at Villa Park in 2020, Metropolis and Villa have each been made conscious of the England participant’s need to maneuver to the Etihad Stadium throughout this switch window.
Whereas Villa are reluctant to dump their star participant, sources have advised ESPN there’s an acceptance that they can not stand in the best way of Grealish realising his ambition of enjoying within the Champions League, and that £33m membership report signing of Emi Buendia from Norwich in June was accomplished to ensure that supervisor Dean Smith to have a ready-made substitute for Grealish.
Sources have additionally mentioned that Metropolis have been assured of Grealish’s readiness to depart his boyhood membership for a while and that finalising private phrases is not going to delay the transfer being accomplished this week.
However whereas a last settlement has but to be signed off with Villa, sources have mentioned that negotiations are progressing at tempo and that Grealish may bear a medical and full his transfer to Metropolis in time for him to be hyperlink up with Guardiola’s squad for Saturday’s conflict with FA Cup winners Leicester.
Grealish would turn into the most costly English footballer in historical past, eclipsing Harry Maguire‘s £80m payment when leaving Leicester for Manchester United in 2019, when he completes his transfer to Metropolis.
However that standing could possibly be short-lived if Metropolis are capable of seal a deal for Kane earlier than the Aug. 31 deadline.
Tottenham worth the England captain, who has three years remaining on his contract, at £160m, however Metropolis stay unwilling match that asking value.