Manchester City close in on signing Jack Grealish after making an offer of up to £100m for Aston Villa’s talisman… with the most expensive transfer in English football history now set to be completed next week
- Manchester City have tabled an offer of up to £100million for Jack Grealish
- Aston Villa star Grealish is set to become the country’s most expensive player
- The move would eclipse Manchester United’s £89m move for Paul Pogba in 2016
- First talks between City and Villa over the deal were on Tuesday and Wednesday
Manchester City are understood to have made an offer of up to £100million for Jack Grealish, with English football’s biggest-ever transfer now expected to be completed next week.
Aston Villa and England star Grealish, 25, is set to become the country’s most expensive footballer – and will earn a significant uplift on his current £160,000-per-week wages at Villa Park.
Manchester City are closing in on signing Jack Grealish after making an offer of up to £100m
Sportsmail first broke the news of how City were targeting Grealish in a jaw-dropping deal back in March.
The top-flight champions have long since been linked with a move for Grealish as they look to retain their crown next season, and identified him as a top target.
It is understood that the first talks between the two clubs were held on Tuesday and Wednesday, with City attempting different ways of reaching the £100m fee.
Pep Guardiola looks set to sign Grealish in what would be a record transfer in English football
And now, after formally tabling their offer, City will hope that Villa agree to begrudgingly part ways with their talismanic playmaker.
They have offered Grealish a new contract in the hope that he stays, but with City pushing hard in recent days, the midfielder is open to a new challenge.
Villa, meanwhile, are looking to sign Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey and Norwich’s Todd Cantwell to help fill the creative void Grealish would leave behind.
More to follow.