Manchester City could see a number of existing first-team players leave the club once they complete the signing of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.
Grealish is reportedly in Manchester today to finalise his move to the Sky Blues, with the reigning Premier League champions set to pay a British transfer record fee of £100m.
And in order to make room for the highly-rated 25-year-old England international, one City player, in particular, could be pushed out of Pep Guardiola’s star-studded starting line-up.
According to The Athletic, Guardiola will see Grealish as a prime candidate to enter City’s centre-midfield rotation, in competition with the likes of Ilkay Gundogan.
Their report also suggests that Bernardo Silva could be a transfer casualty, too, a departure which would both make room for Grealish and a return on their eye-watering £100m investment.
Given that Grealish is capable of playing in central positions or on the wide flank, it has been hotly-debated as to where he will fit in Guardiola’s talented side.
With both skillsets in his locker, he would be a direct threat to someone like Silva, who has also featured across both positions in recent seasons.
City are also the frontrunners to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane should he leave the north London outfit this summer.
Following his involvement with the Three Lions at this summer’s European Championships, Kane was due back for pre-season training with Spurs on Monday after being granted extra time off.
The wantaway forward, widely regarded as one of the best in the world, failed to show up for training after being forced to quarantine following a holiday in the Bahamas.
Could the Etihad Stadium be his next destination? Only time will tell.
Jack Grealish will reportedly decide his future next week before the new season starts – with Manchester City poised to make a bid for the star.
The Aston Villa skipper and England ace is wanted by the reigning Premier League champions in a record £100m deal.
As a result of his stellar performances for Villa last season, City boss Pep Guardiola has spoken of his admiration for Grealish – with the Spaniard labelling him as one of the best playmakers in the league.
The 25-year-old has been abroad in Mykonos after he shone brightly during Euro 2020, helping the Three Lions get to the final in the process.
But now it’s back to business for the midfield maestro and he is, according to The Mirror, due back in the UK later this week ahead of returning to pre-season training.
It is believed that Grealish is also planning crunch talks to decide his future with Villa dangling a new lucrative contract to persuade him to stay at the club.
Grealish has previously been candid about his ambitions to play in the Champions League and win silverware.
And contesting for honours with Guardiola is a huge draw and City are more than likely in position to blow Villa’s contract offer out of the water.
If City were to make a move for the attacking midfielder, it would top the £89m that their rivals Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba in 2016. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is.
Jack Grealish will complete his mega £100 million move to Manchester City TODAY, according to stunning reports.
Grealish, 25, is due in Manchester to sign his massive contract ahead of finalising the British record transfer deal, per Daily Mail.
The eye-watering fee will eclipse the £89 million Manchester United splashed out to snap up Paul Pogba from Juventus in 2016.
Man City have kept tabs on the England international for some time now, having opened talks last week and offering his £100 million clause last Friday.
It appears Pep Guardiola will get his man this summer despite Aston Villa’s best efforts.
The Midlands club tabled a huge new contract, reportedly offering their captain a £200,000-a-week deal.
Grealish, who returned to training on Monday, seems set to complete his transfer to Man City ahead of the new season.
Dean Smith’s side had hoped to hold onto their prized asset and build a team around him for the upcoming campaign.
They’ve been busy this window, signing Emi Buendía and Leon Bailey while eyeing the likes of Tammy Abraham and James Ward-Prowse.
Man City, meanwhile, still remain interested in signing Harry Kane who failed to attend Tottenham training.
Another big transfer could be on deck to lure Kane to the Etihad.
Will Grealish and Kane be teammates at Man City? Watch this space.