Manchester City are edging closer to signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa, according to Football Insider.
The Lowdown: Grealish links
Grealish has been linked with a move to the Etihad since March. Jim White went as far as saying last month that a £100m deal was close to completion, however, as we know, the 25-year-old is still a Villa player.
The attacking midfielder told friends last month that he is interested in a move to the Premier League champions.
Villa were confident of agreeing on a contract extension with Grealish, but it seems as if that has now changed.
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The Latest: Source shares update
A Villa source informed Football Insider that the club accepts they are fighting a losing battle when it comes to keeping Grealish at Villa Park.
The report states a mega-money transfer to City is expected to go through ‘next week’ when he returns from holiday.
Grealish still has his heart set on joining Pep Guardiola’s side, with City believing they have made progress when it comes to agreeing on a fee for the midfielder.
The Verdict: Villa must act
Villa’s recruitment plan this summer has been with the idea that Grealish would be a part of Dean Smith’s side next season.
So, should a mega-money move to City go through, Villa will look to sign two creative players to replace Grealish, according to Gregg Evans.
It’s good to see that Villa would act and not rely on club-record signing Emiliano Buendia to be the creative force, so fans could be in for a busy few weeks, should Grealish depart.
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