After months of speculations, Manchester City are ready to present their first formal bid to Aston Villa for the highly-rated playmaker Jack Grealish.
According to the Daily Mail, the Cityzens are preparing a massive £75million bid plus add-ons to convince Villa to sell their captain and most prized asset.
However, the Lions are likely to turn down that proposal as they look to hold out for a sizeable £100m asking price to let the 12-cap England international go.
City have yet to make any notable signing in the ongoing transfer window, but they plan to step up their transfer activity late in the summer.
Pep Guardiola has identified Grealish and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane as his top targets, but he is unlikely to lure both to the Etihad this summer.
At this point, the signing of the Villa homegrown star seems to be a more realistic solution as Spurs continue to play hardball on their talisman’s staggering price tag.
Grealish headed into Euro 2020 on the back of an inspirational individual season during which he tallied seven goals and 12 assists in 26 Premier League appearances.
Even though his role in Gareth Southgate’s side was somewhat bit-part, the 25-year-old showed glimpses of his brilliance when called into action.
Pep Guardiola is a known admirer of the English forward and wants to use his experience and versatility to add a new dimension to his intimidating attacking line.
Comfortable covering almost every position in the front third, Grealish would be a massive addition to the Spaniard’s star-studded squad.
However, with four years remaining on his contract at Villa Park, City may have to match Villa’s demands to get the deal over the line.