Jack Grealish is edging closer towards a record-breaking £100m move to Manchester City.
Grealish, the Aston Villa captain, is expected to have a medical in the next 48 hours if negotiations continue to progress over the most expensive transfer in Premier League history.
Champions City made their move for Grealish last Friday and are hopeful of including the England international in their squad for this weekend’s Community Shield match against Leicester at Wembley.
Grealish has made the painstaking decision to leave Villa - who he joined at the age of six - as he is determined to play in the Champions League and pursue trophies and silverware under Pep Guardiola.
Villa’s owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have attempted to persuade Grealish to stay, and sign a hugely improved contract, which has led to a slight delay in negotiations.
But it is understood that talks are now progressing well and a deal for the 25 year old could be wrapped up before the weekend. Grealish and Tottenham forward Harry Kane have been Guardiola’s top targets for this summer, with City’s hierarchy backing him in the market once again.
Villa are considering their options as they prepare for the new season, with Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, Norwich’s Todd Cantwell, Watford’s Ismaila Sarr and Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe all understood to be on the radar.
Leon Bailey officially completed his £30m move from Bayer Leverkusen to Villa yesterday, signing a five-year contract. The Jamaica international said: “For me, it’s a great club with a big history and it’s the right step for me. I’m excited to get started.
“It’s always been somewhere that I’ve wanted to play. I feel like now is the right time and I’m excited about it. Hopefully, I can do what I do best and have a great season in the Premier League.” (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd 2021)
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