Manchester City ‘want Jack Grealish to tell Aston Villa he plans to leave this summer’ when he returns to pre-season training on Monday as the Premier League holders close in on a £100m move for the England man
- Manchester City are closing in on a record £100m transfer to sign Jack Grealish
- Grealish is set to return to training with Aston Villa after his holiday on Monday
- The Aston Villa captain is set to hold showdown talks with his boyhood club
- Man City hope Grealish will tell Villa of his intentions to leave the club
Manchester City reportedly want Jack Grealish to tell his boyhood club Aston Villa that he wants to leave the club this summer.
Sportsmail have previously reported that the Premier League champions are closing in on a record £100m transfer to sign Aston Villa’s talisman this summer.
Grealish is set to have showdown talks with Villa when he returns to pre-season training on Monday.
Jack Grealish is set to hold showdown talks with Aston Villa over a potential summer transfer
Manchester City are determined to try and sign Grealish for an English record £100m fee
The Daily Star have reported that City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak is growing increasingly confident of signing the 25-year-old and wants Grealish to help push the move through by telling the West Midlands side he wants to leave.
Grealish has been on a break since his involvement with England at the European Championships.
With his Villa future under some doubt, he is set to hold talks with manager Dean Smith and club owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris.
The Aston Villa captain has made no public desire to leave his boyhood club, though it has been reported that he would be keen to complete a move to the Etihad.
Manchester City’s owners will press on with negotiations in the hope of completing a blockbuster deal this week.
Should the Premier League champions complete the signing, it could become the most expensive signing ever made by a British club.
Villa have no desire to sell their 25-year-old talisman unless a British record £100m valuation is met and will offer him a bumper new contract worth more than £150,000 a week in an effort to convince him to stay.
Grealish is set to return to pre-season training after having a break since Euro 2020
Grealish signed a new contract at Villa in September after being courted by Manchester United last summer.
There has been much speculation of a £100m buyout clause in that deal although neither side have ever confirmed its existence.
Yet there is a growing acceptance that that figure must be met by City before they can team Grealish in a dream midfield with his favourite Premier League player Kevin De Bruyne.
City have also been keen on signing Harry Kane this summer, though it could be tough to also sign the Tottenham striker for over £100m.