Jack Grealish has returned to Aston Villa training amid Premier League champions Manchester City ramping up their efforts to sign him in a £100million deal.
Grealish’s break after England’s run to the final of Euro 2020 finished on Sunday night and he was back at Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training complex on Monday morning to start rebuilding his fitness for the new season. He can be briefly spotted in a short video Villa uploaded to their social media accounts.
City are interested in signing both Grealish and his England team-mate Harry Kane, who in contrast was a no-show at Tottenham’s training ground on Monday morning.
Jack Grealish (right) was back at Aston Villa training on Monday despite Manchester City links
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— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) August 2, 2021
Pep Guardiola has targeted Grealish to reinforce his attacking midfield options and City are prepared to meet Villa’s £100m asking price for the 25-year-old.
Sportsmail reported last week that City were in discussions over how to structure the £100m bid, which would be a record fee for English football.
Grealish is also set to earn over £200,000-a-week should he complete the switch.
Villa, meanwhile, already appear to be making moves to cover for Grealish’s seemingly impending departure.
Earlier in the transfer window, they completed a £40m club record move for Emi Buendia from Norwich.
They are also closing in on the £30m signing of Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen, while they also hold interest in the Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse.
Grealish and England team-mate Harry Kane are both transfer targets for Manchester City
Kane was a no-show at Tottenham training on Monday as he tried to force through his exit
But for Kane and his potential City switch, the move appears to be at an impasse with the Spurs captain believing he has a gentleman’s agreement to depart the London club this summer.
Tottenham are said to want an offer of at least £150m before they even consider parting ways with their star man, who has a contract that runs until 2024.
Reports over the weekend in The Mirror suggested that, should City complete their move for Grealish they would then end interest in signing Kane.
- Man City will end Harry Kane pursuit with £100million Jack Grealish signing – Mirror Online