Manchester City are preparing a £90m bid for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, according to Football Insider.
The Lowdown: Links have been gathering pace
The Premier League champions were first seriously name-checked with an interest in the 25-year-old back in March by The Daily Mail.
Jim White of talkSPORT went as far as to say a £100m deal was close to completion at the end of June, but as we know, a move is yet to materialise.
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The Latest: Source shares update
According to Football Insider, who were informed by a recruitment source, City are lining up a £90m bid for the 25-year-old.
Months of groundwork over a move has already been completed and the end of the European Championship looks set to be the start of a busy month on the transfer front prior to the new domestic campaign.
The Verdict: A decisive few weeks ahead
Villa want Grealish to sign an improved deal at Villa Park worth £150,000 per week, and the next few weeks look set to be critical in regards to the attacking midfielder’s future.
Ashely Preece suggested that talks over a new contract were on hold until after Euro 2020, so it now seems as if Villa could be in a position where they will be tested with an offer from City while trying to tie down their playmaker to a new deal.
Grealish reportedly wants to play Champions League football regularly and develop his game under Pep Guardiola, so if he makes that patently clear to Villa chiefs over the coming weeks, they may well have to reluctantly cash in on the 25-year-old.
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