Chelsea hold ‘concrete interest’ in top Man City target

Date published: Tuesday 22nd June 2021 11:28 - James Holland

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Man City will face fierce competition from Chelsea to sign Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, according to reports.

The playmaker is currently making headlines while on England duty at Euro 2020.

He is yet to start for the Three Lions in the group stage, despite being man of the match in their final preparation game against Romania.

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England fans are desperate to see him start against the Czech Republic, and it seems they’re not the only admirers of the 25-year-old.

According to Football Insider, Chelsea hold a ‘concrete interest’ in signing Grealish from Aston Villa this summer.

He’s been made a top target at Stamford Bridge after owner Roman Abramovich made it clear he would offer up the money required for any deal.

A bid of £100million is expected to be enough to secure his signature.

Aston Villa seem to have begun preparations for the departure of their star man. They recently beat Arsenal to the signing of Emi Buendia from Norwich.

The Argentinian has the ability to provide a similar amount of creativity to Grealish, after notching 15 goals and 17 assists in the recent Championship campaign.

The West Midlands outfit are also pursuing Emile Smith Rowe and Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse.

Grealish was heavily linked with Manchester United last year but a move was never finalised.

City have been leading the race for his signature ever since, with Pep Guardiola keen to partner Grealish and Harry Kane in attack.

Chelsea and City now look set for a bidding war over the player’s services.

Signing Grealish would boost Thomas Tuchel’s options further. A big summer in 2020 saw them bring in the likes of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz.

Grealish could operate behind Havertz and alongside Mason Mount as part of Tuchel’s 3-4-3 formation.

Before any deal is completed, Chelsea will need to offload players. Not because of a lack of funding, but rather to stop hogging all of the Premier League’s best talent.

Tammy Abraham looks the most likely to depart. He’s valued at £40million and could join West Ham to solve their striker problem.

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