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Aston Villa set to accept Man City's record-breaking £100m bid for Jack Grealish


Manchester City submitted a £100million offer for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish on Friday after months of speculation linking them with the England midfielder

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Aston Villa are reportedly prepared to accept Manchester City’s £100million bid for Jack Grealish which would make him the most-expensive player in the history of English football.

City submitted their offer for Grealish, 25, on Friday after months of speculation linking them with the Three Lions midfielder.

Villa opened contract extension talks with their captain in June in a bid to fend off interest from the Etihad club, even though Grealish only signed a new five-year deal in September.

But Dean Smith’s side are now resigned to letting their talisman depart Villa Park almost 20 years on from when he joined.








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That’s according to Sky Sports , who claim the ball is in Grealish’s court as he decides whether to leave his boyhood club.

Should he decide to join forces with Pep Guardiola, Grealish will break the English transfer record currently held by Paul Pogba, who joined Manchester United from Juventus for £89million in 2016.

Meanwhile, City are also keen to sign Grealish’s England teammate Harry Kane, who is pushing to leave his own boyhood club, Tottenham, this summer.





Etihad chiefs bid £100million for Kane earlier this summer but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy rebuffed their approach as he holds out for a substantially-higher fee.

The report adds City will struggle to sign Grealish and Kane in the same window unless they raise funds by selling first-team players.

The duo helped the Three Lions reach the final of Euro 2020, where they suffered penalty-shootout heartbreak against Italy.

Grealish has enjoyed an extended holiday in Dubrovnik and is set to return to Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground on Monday.



While his love of Villa is unquestionable, Grealish admitted he was open to leaving the club he joined at the age of six last year, which could boost City’s hopes of convincing him to sign this summer.

Asked if it was a 50-50 whether he would stay amid strong links with Manchester United, he said: “Yeah, I suppose so.

“I had a good season last season and there was interest in myself from other clubs.




“But I truly believe everything happens for a reason and I just happened to sign a new contract at Aston Villa and I’ve got the biggest smile on my face.

“Last season it probably didn’t go the way we planned, although we stayed in the Premier League I think everyone involved in the club wanted to finish higher.

“There’s certain stuff that the owners have said to me, and the chief executive and the manager, and they’ve said their ambitions for the season.

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“I’m not going to come out here and say everything, because it’s something that you keep in house, but it really persuaded me to get this over and done with.”

Villa improved on their 17th-place finish in the 2019/20 campaign by finishing 11th last season.

Grealish registered six goals and 12 assists despite missing a third of the term with a shin injury.





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