Man City are set to make an opening bid worth £75m plus add-ons for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, according to reports.
This comes as Grealish has been starring for Aston Villa and Gareth Southgate’s England side.
Had it not been for his injury, Grealish was well-set to be a leading contender for the Premier League Player of the Year award last season. He got six goals and ten assists for Villa from his 26 league outings in 2020/21.
The Daily Mail are reporting that Man City are set to make their first move for Grealish. They report that the Premier League champions will make an “opening bid” of £75m plus add-ons for the 25-year-old.
They add that Aston Villa have “no desire” to sell Grealish for this figure. Dean Smith’s side are holding out for a British record fee of £100m for their prized asset.
“They don’t need both. I don’t think Man City need Jack Grealish, even though he would definitely improve the team. They’ve got Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne can play there, so they’ve got the players.
“I wouldn’t say they hugely need Grealish… but they need Harry Kane. They have to sign a number nine. He can’t play with De Bruyne up front because it takes away so much of his game.
“Harry Kane is the one they need, but while they spend a lot of money in terms of signing a few £50m players, they’ve never gone for a big one, they’ve not signed one player for £120m, so I’m not sure whether they will.
“If you want to guarantee yourself success for the next three seasons, in terms of winning the Premier League title every year, you sign Harry Kane. I think you’d get a Champions League title, too.
“But I’ve said this before, I’ll guarantee you at the start of the season Harry Kane will be playing for Spurs.
“I can see it going to the last day of the transfer window and someone finally getting the money to take him, but I just don’t know.
“I can’t see Man City paying £160m for him. I just can’t see it.”