Manchester City have been tipped to spend £100m on Jack Grealish this summer and if he were to arrive at the Etihad, it could be bad news for Raheem Sterling’s future in Pep Guardiola’s side.
According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City have made the Aston Villa captain their number one target this summer and are prepared to make him the first £100m English player in the history of football.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed a superb campaign with Dean Smith’s side, contributing six goals and 10 assists in 26 Premier League appearances, which helped him average an impressive 7.56 rating from WhoScored.
Only Harry Kane and Kevin De Bruyne would earn a higher rating in the Premier League this season, which emphasises just how impressive the Villa man was, and that suggests that if he could maintain that kind of form at Manchester City, he would certainly be a hit at the Etihad.
If he were to make the switch to City this summer, then it seems likely that he would be a regular starter, which could spell trouble for Sterling, who has found himself on the fringes of Guardiola’s squad in recent months.
After a strong start to the season, the former Liverpool man would manage just one goal and two assists in his final 10 Premier League appearances.
The Daily Mail has suggested that Sterling will head up City’s for-sale list this summer and given that he has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in the past, a summer exit could well be on the cards.
Considering the financial impact of the current viral outbreak, City will surely have to sell players if they want to shell out £100m on Grealish this summer, and Sterling could well be the man to depart in order to raise the sufficient funds.
The Aston Villa man is clearly appreciated by Guardiola, with the Spanish manager singing his praises back in 2019, saying:
“He’s incredible. A top player. I’m happy he [initially] stayed in the Championship to defend his club.
“He’s a talented player who always creates something.”
Therefore, if City can afford the England international this summer, it seems clear that Guardiola would love to add him to his squad, so Txiki Begiristain should definitely look to bring him in.
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