Manchester City ‘step up the hunt for Jack Grealish by opening transfer negotiations with Aston Villa’

Manchester City step up their hunt for Jack Grealish by opening transfer negotiations with Aston Villa for more than £100 million valued playmaker as the England star gears up for crunch talks over his future with the club’s hierarchy

  • City boss Pep Guardiola has long admired the 25-year-old England international
  • Aston Villa keeps it at 100 million pounds and does not want to sell the midfielder
  • They will offer him a new bumper contract in an effort to convince him to stay

Manchester City has made their opening move for Aston Villa‘s £100 million esteemed captain Jack Grealish.

The Premier League champions are eager to bring in the English star this summer and have now made initial contact with Villa over the structure of the deal.

Grealish is expected to have crunch talks about his future with the club’s hierarchy when he reports for season preparation next week.

Manchester City ready to test Aston Villa's determination over talisman Jack Grealish

Manchester City ready to test Aston Villa’s determination over talisman Jack Grealish

The 25-year-old midfielder was on holiday in Mykonos after helping England reach the Euro 2020 final.

Villa has no desire to sell their 25-year-old talisman unless a UK-record £100million fee is reached and will offer him an amazing new contract worth over £150,000 a week in a bid to convince him to stay .

But if Grealish says he wants to leave, City are expected to offer around £75million plus extras as Pep Guardiola tries to price away one of English football’s greatest talents.

Grealish (right) is currently on holiday in Mykonos with his England team-mates, including Chelsea's Ben Chilwell (left)

Grealish (right) is currently on holiday in Mykonos with his England team-mates, including Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell (left)

However, City are determined to push for a player long admired by Guardiola in the hopes a deal can be reached soon.

Grealish signed a new contract with Villa in September after being courted by Manchester United.

There has been much speculation about a £100m buyout clause in that deal, although neither side has ever confirmed its existence.

Still, the realization is growing that City must meet that figure before they can team Grealish in a dream midfield with his favorite Premier League player Kevin De Bruyne.

Villa has no plans to sell their captain unless their £100m valuation is met

Sports post revealed in March that City had emerged as frontrunners for Grealish’s signature and they are still holding out hopes that they can also attract £150million-rated Harry Kane from Tottenham.

City took £45million from the sale of Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich last year and raised around £50million this summer from the sale of fringe players.

More will be sold, while there is an acceptance that Bernardo Silva could leave before the end of the window to further offset their expenses.

Sportsmail revealed in March that City had emerged as frontrunners for Grealish's signature and they are still hoping to sign Harry Kane (right)

Sportsmail revealed in March that City had emerged as frontrunners for Grealish’s signature and they are still hoping to sign Harry Kane (right)

Grealish’s signing would be a real statement of intent as they want to keep the title and go one step further in the Champions League.

For their part, Villa has been working on strengthening their own team, either way.

They signed Emi Buendia of Norwich City for £33million, Ashley Young for free and a £25million offer was rejected for Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey as they continue to assemble a squad that can compete for European qualification.

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