The Athletic’s Manchester City correspondent Sam Lee has claimed that Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish would favour a move to Pep Guardiola’s side this summer, which suggests that a move to the Etihad Stadium could well be on the cards.
City have been regularly linked with a move for the England international ahead of the summer transfer window, with recent reports suggesting that they may have to shell out £100m in order to prise him away from Dean Smith’s side.
Despite it seeming likely that he would join Manchester United last summer, Lee has suggested that the 25-year-old would now prefer a move to the Etihad, which is a huge boost to City’s chances of signing him.
Grealish signed a new five-year contract with the Villans ahead of the 2020/21 campaign so he certainly won’t come cheap, but his performances throughout the season are clear evidence of the ability he possesses.
In 26 Premier League appearances this season, the 25-year-old – who reportedly earns £120,000 per week at Villa – contributed an impressive six goals and 10 assists, which helped him to average a superb 7.56 rating from WhoScored.
Only Harry Kane and Kevin De Bruyne rated higher of all the players to feature in the Premier League this season, so it is no surprise that the Villa playmaker is attracting heavy interest ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
Guardiola is certainly a big fan of Grealish, as he was full of praise for him 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.”
Considering that Grealish was one of the standout players this season in an Aston Villa side who ultimately finished in the bottom half after a strong start, it seems clear that he would be even more dangerous if he were playing alongside some of the world-class players in City’s side next season.
Therefore, after learning that he would prefer a move to the blue side of Manchester, director of football Txiki Begiristain must do everything he can to sign him this summer, as he could prove to be a superb addition to Guardiola’s squad next season.