Transfer expert Dean Jones updated Manchester City fans on their club’s pursuit of Aston Villa star Jack Grealish on The Football Terrace’s The Done Deal Show.
Sam Lee from The Athletic claimed recently that the deal is now at a more advanced stage, and that has been backed up by the Daily Mail’s Jack Gaughan, who has reported that Man City are confident a deal can be completed in the coming weeks, with Grealish now keen on the move.
Is Grealish worth £100 million?
Prior to Euro 2020, it had been reported that Pep Guardiola was willing to make Grealish the first £100 million English player and considering he only finished behind Kevin De Bruyne for shot-creating actions per 90 minutes and finished joint-top for goal creating actions per 90 with the Belgian, it’s clear to see why City want him so badly.
Jones spoke about what is currently going on in City’s pursuit of Grealish.
“With Jack Grealish, there has always been a view from inside the club that this deal was more likely than the [Harry] Kane deal, given the fact that they feel they are basically able to satisfy both the player’s terms and the club’s demands.
“So Aston Villa publicly are saying ‘Jack Grealish isn’t for sale, we won’t sell him’. I know that that’s not strictly true and that privately, they are open to offers – but what they count as silly offers, and what that means is £80 million upwards will get you Jack Grealish.”
TIF Thoughts on Grealish’s situation…
Reports have claimed that City are confident that £100 million will be able to tempt Villa into selling, but also want to try and get the fee down below that mark, with their current transfer record standing at £68.40 million for De Bruyne, according to Transfermarkt.
Grealish has been with Villa his whole career so it will be a difficult decision to make in terms of leaving the club, although, being able to play alongside De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan at a bigger club could prove too good to turn down if he wants to win some silverware, which has deserted him so far in his career.