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Jack Grealish’s shirt number dream leaves Man City facing potential conundrum

Manchester City could face a dilemma over Jack Grealish’s shirt number if they sign the Aston Villa star.

City are poised to test Villa’s resolve to keep their skipper with a Premier League record-breaking bid, having plotted a summer move since December.

Grealish is set to decide his future after Euro 2020 campaign, after playing a starring role in Engand’s win over the Czech Republic this week which secured a last-16 clash against Germany.

If he does switch to City, Grealish is likely to want the No10 shirt, having worn that number for the past six seasons with his boyhood club.

The 10 shirt has been vacated by City’s all-time record goalscorer Sergio Aguero – having also been worn by club legend Colin Bell as well other greats including Denis Law, Glyn Pardoe, Paul Power and Shaun Goater.

Man City are expected to launch a record bid for Jack Grealish, pictured training with England

But Grealish is likely to have competition for the shirt if City are also successful in signing Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

Like Grealish, Kane has worn 10 for the past six seasons – and as with the Villa skipper, the Spurs star is also a £100m-plus target for City.

If City sign both players, one possible solution would be for Grealish to wear 10 and for Kane to don the No9 shirt which he wears for England.

Gabriel Jesus is currently in possession of that squad number – although the Brazilian has been linked with a move away this summer amid City’s strengthening plans.

Grealish is wearing seven for Three Lions at Euro 2020, which is worn at City by Raheem Sterling – who has also seen speculation surrounding his future amid reported interest from Arsenal.

Villa will fight to keep Grealish, and opened talks over a new contract for him last week to improve his £130,000-a-week wages despite the fact he only signed a new-deal last September.

The club and their ambitious billionaire owners Nassef Sawiris and Wesley Edens have no intention of rolling over for their prized asset.

Villa chiefs insist their new club record £33m record signing Emiliano Buendia has been bought to complement Grealish.

The Midlands club reckon they have not had any approaches from any club and insist they have made it clear to Grealish’s representatives they have no intention of selling.

Now a major battle over the England ace is on the horizon once the Three Lions ‘ tournament ends as Grealish is currently committed to the England cause.

Any deal for £100million-rated Grealish will set a new British transfer record – as well as breaking the Premier League record £89m that Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba in 2016.




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