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Exclusive: Michael Ball believes Jack Grealish would make Man City ‘an absolute nightmare’

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Michael Ball says adding Jack Grealish to Manchester City’s squad would make the Premier League champions an even more frightening prospect for opponents.

The Aston Villa captain is among Pep Guardiola’s leading transfer targets this summer, along with Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.

Reports suggest City are confident of securing Grealish’s services in a £100million deal, which would be a British record fee.

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Grealish was England’s poster boy as they reached a first-ever European Championships final this summer, with the 25-year-old claiming assists in wins over the Czech Republic and Germany.

His performances on the international stage have resulted in more clubs recognising Grealish’s quality, but Villa are in a strong negotiating position as the creative midfielder only penned a new five-year contract last September.

Grealish’s current deal is worth £120,000-per-week, which makes him Villa’s highest-paid player, but City will look to entice him with a more lucrative offer.

Ball has urged City to get the deal over the line despite Grealish potentially not being an automatic starter.

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Speaking exclusively to TIF, the former City left-back said: “Just when you think City can’t get any better, if you’ve got Grealish coming off the bench then it will be an absolute nightmare for the opposition.

“If Manchester City go for Jack Grealish, it’s a big thumbs up from me.”

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