Manchester City have submitted a British record £100m offer for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish but his boyhood club are desperate for him to stay at Villa Park
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City submitted their mammoth offer for Grealish on Friday with chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak determined to complete the Citizens’ first major summer signing.
The Villa captain has been enjoying a post Euro 2020 holiday after helping England progress to their first final in the tournament.
But his focus is now on club football as he returns home to discuss his future.
And City are keen to bolster their attacking options with the attacking midfielder, who is one of the Premier League’s most exciting talents.
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According to the Daily Star, City are increasingly confident of signing Grealish in a record deal.
But they are also banking on the 25-year-old making it clear to his boyhood club that he wishes to join Guardiola’s side.
The report adds that Grealish will hold face-to-face talks with manager Dean Smith and club owners Nassef Sawiris at the club’s training base.
City have been quiet in this summer’s transfer window but want to light the blue touch paper with a mega deal for Grealish.
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But Villa are not going to lose their star man without a fight, and have already reportedly offered him fresh terms of £200,000 per-week to convince him to remain at the club.
The deal would smash the club’s wage structure, but clearly proves how indispensable he is viewed by Smith and the owners.
However, there is still a sense of inevitability about a move to the Etihad, with Grealish believed to want to move to the Premier League champions to progress his career.
It is suggested a deal for the versatile playmaker could be completed as early as next week.
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Meanwhile, should City capture Grealish, their plans to pursue Tottenham striker Harry Kane could change.
Kane is understood to want to leave Spurs this summer as he aims to fulfil his ambitions of winning silverware.
But stubborn Spurs chief Daniel Levy is holding out for up to £160m for the Three Lions captain, who turned 28 last week.
It is not clear whether it would be financially viable for City to complete deals for both Grealish and Kane, but the signings would make them an even more frightening force.
The Star’s report adds that City have still not given up hope on Kane, and hope Levy will compromise to a figure closer to £120m for his services closer to the August 31 deadline.
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