Date: 29th June 2021 at 1:50pm
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Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on Manchester ’s reported interest in Aston ’s Jack Grealish.

Recent reports have claimed that Pep Guardiola’s men are set to launch a £100m bid for the international, a move that Villa are also reportedly set to counter, having begun contract negotiations with the hope of persuading him to stay at Villa Park moving forward.

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It’s a move that would obviously be very much in Villa’s interests given how important he has been to them, and how different a team they are without him.

Speaking on the latest edition of CBS Sports podcast Que Golazo, Romano claimed that there was no bid coming in for Grealish just yet, but that he expected there to be some movement on that front in the coming weeks:

“There is no advanced negotiation or something like this, there is still no agreement. But what you can say is that Manchester City have a real strong interest in Jack Grealish.

“So at the moment, nothing advanced. But in the coming weeks, something could happen because he’s a serious target for Man City.”

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This is news that should be encouraging for Aston Villa, because this gives them something of a head start to try and negotiate something with Grealish before any formal bids come in for him – if indeed Manchester City decide to follow through with it.

Villa have shown their preparedness for any outcome with Grealish this summer with the signing of Emiliano Buendía and their pursuit of Emile Smith Rowe from , so the fact that they were so quick to start planning contract negotiations with Grealish is just another sign of how well organised that they have been throughout the window.

It certainly will be an interesting saga to keep track of which club manages to bag his signature.

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