Chelsea ‘try to hijack’ £100m Man City transfer

Date published: Monday 26th July 2021 8:33 - Will Ford

Jack Grealish Aston Villa

Chelsea have reportedly registered an interest in £100million Manchester City target Jack Grealish.

Pep Guardiola is a big admirer of the Aston Villa captain and is said to be ready to make Grealish the first ever £100million British signing, but Chelsea could be set to scupper the deal.

The Express claims Thomas Tuchel sees Grealish as an ‘integral piece to the side he is trying to put together’ as they mount a bid for their first Premier League title since 2017.

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Chelsea are also looking to secure the signing of Erling Haaland, who will cost them well over £100million if they manage to persuade Borussia Dortmund to sell.

And it’s not entirely clear how they would find the money necessary to land both players, or why they would feel the need to sign another attacking midfielder, with a swathe of that sort of player already available to Tuchel.

Also, Aston Villa are in no mood to sell their talismanic playmaker.

The 25-year-old only signed a new deal last year and according to The Sun, Dean Smith’s side are set to offer him another new deal worth £200,000-a-week to ward off Man City and Chelsea.

Grealish has been at Villa since he was just six years of age, making his first-team debut in 2014, and has firmly established himself as the main man at Villa Park.

But the concern for his boyhood club will be his apparent desire to play Champions League football, which City and Chelsea offer.

But former Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has backed the midfielder to stay put.

“There’s always going to be interest in a top player like Jack,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.

“I think Manchester City would love to sign him but they probably need a striker as their number one target. They might end up using their money to get a striker rather than spend over £100million to get Jack.

“He’s an amazing player and Villa have done amazingly to tie him down to a long-term deal last summer. I think he will stay and fans will love it.”

Grealish is currently on holiday enjoying some well-earned downtime having helped England to the final of Euro 2020.

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