Premier League champions Manchester City have been one of the big players in the transfer market since their takeover by Abu Dhabi United Group. Despite winning a league & cup double in 2021 and reaching the Champions League final for the first time, this summer appears to be no different. Man City had a £100 million bid rejected by Spurs for Harry Kane earlier this summer. And they have now turned their attention to another England & Premier League star, Jack Grealish.
Negotiations began last week, and Man City has now put forward a bid of £100 million. That would make Grealish the most expensive Premier League transfer of all time.
Grealish was a member of the England squad that reached the final of Euro 2020. Providing two assists in five appearances during the tournament. The Villa captain has supported the club his whole life and joined their academy aged 6, so there are no clear signs that he would ask to leave.
Why Man City want Jack Grealish
Since returning to the Premier League with Villa in 2019, Grealish has shown himself to be a star. The winger has scored 14 goals & provided 18 assists in 62 games across two seasons. Grealish drew 167 fouls across the 2019/20 season, a Premier League record. He once again led the league in fouls drawn in 2020/21 despite only playing 26 games. Having been brought down 110 times (22 more times than any other player).
Man City has already failed with one swoop for an England star this summer. Grealish signed a new contract in September that runs until 2025. The club is adamant they want to build their team around Grealish and hold power as it stands. Villa has also offered Grealish a new and improved contract to persuade him to stay in Birmingham. At the moment, it looks as though City may end up empty-handed once again here.
Yes, City likes him, and Pep Guardiola is a keen admirer, but Villa does not want to sell. The question now is, does Jack Grealish want to challenge himself at the top of world football, or is he content as a big fish in a small pond?