Man City make £100m bid for Grealish

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July 31, 2021
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    Jack Grealish in action for Aston VillaJack Grealish is yet to return for pre-season training with Aston Villa after featuring for England at the European Championships

    Manchester City have made an English record £100m bid for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.

    City manager Pep Guardiola has made the 25-year-old English midfielder one of his major targets.

    It is understood there has been communication between the two Premier League clubs throughout the summer.

    City have made their move before Grealish returns to Villa for the start of pre-season training at Bodymoor Heath next week.

    Guardiola feels Grealish can add an extra dimension to City's attack and propel them to the Champions League title for the first time, which they missed out on last season when they were beaten in the final by Chelsea.

    The fee, which would eclipse the £89m Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba in 2016 as the highest ever paid by an English club, underlines how keen Guardiola is to have Grealish in his squad.

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    His ability on the ball has made him a firm fans' favourite, which crossed over to England this summer, when many felt he was underused by Gareth Southgate.

    It was expected Grealish would have talks with his club about his future when he started pre-season training with Villa following his England duty at Euro 2020.

    City knew the fee Villa were likely to want for their playmaker and lifelong Villa fan – and remained undeterred in their pursuit. There was confidence from within the Etihad club earlier this week they would complete the deal this summer.

    Tottenham striker and Grealish's England team-mate Harry Kane has also been closely linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium after he made it clear he wanted to leave Spurs this summer.

    Grealish and Man City attackers compared
    Grealish Sterling Foden Mahrez Silva De Bruyne
    Games played 26 31 28 27 26 25
    Goals 6 10 9 9 2 6
    Assists 10 7 5 6 6 12
    Chances created 81 39 36 44 27 80
    Dribbles completed 65 66 38 45 41 48
    Fouls won 110 41 34 30 18 31

    If City do land Grealish for £100m it will make him the ninth most expensive player in history.

    Only eight players have ever demanded a transfer fee of £100m or more.

    World's top five transfer fees

    Neymar [Barcelona – Paris St-Germain] £200m in 2017

    Kylian Mbappe [Monaco – Paris St-Germain] £166m in 2017

    Philippe Coutinho [Liverpool – Barcelona] £142m in 2018

    Ousmane Dembele [Borussia Dortmund – Barcelona] total fee of £135m in 2017

    Joao Felix [Benfica – Atletico Madrid] £113m in 2019

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    • M

      Comment posted by Member of the public, at 22:46 30 Jul

      FFP working well isn’t it21124

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        Reply posted by SteH11, at 23:29 30 Jul

        "FFP working well isn’t it"SteH11 replied: Doesn’t apply to clubs from Manchester…..8823

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      Comment posted by shah7, at 22:36 30 Jul

      I don’t get, De Bruyne, Sterling, Foden, Mahrez who was insane last year and then Bernardo, where does he even fit? Stay at Villa mate or find a club where you get to play.18526

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        Reply posted by ET, at 22:43 30 Jul

        "I don’t get, De Bruyne, Sterling, Foden, Mahrez who was insane last year and then Bernardo, where does he even fit? Stay at Villa mate or find a club where you get to play."ET replied: Most likely City will offer one of those as part of the deal.1853

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      Comment posted by Gary, at 22:31 30 Jul

      Don’t do it Jack.15727

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        Reply posted by Synac, at 23:16 30 Jul

        "Don’t do it Jack."Synac replied: I don’t want him to go either but he will win the league with city. Hopefully he’ll come back on a free in 3 years time. 100m for us, league medal for him, plus we’ll get him back. We may be in europe by then too. Trying to find postives!2449

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      Comment posted by ewentm, at 22:29 30 Jul

      And this comes right after Man City saying they can’t afford to buy Haaland

      Grealish decent player
      Not 100m16237

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        Reply posted by Brass Eye, at 22:35 30 Jul

        "And this comes right after Man City saying they can’t afford to buy Haaland Grealish decent player Not 100m"Brass Eye replied: They can always find some spare oil under the sofa somewhere.12633

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      Comment posted by Platos Opinion, at 22:33 30 Jul

      Given how the pandemic has effected club finances, city bidding this astronomical sum proves the books are being cooked14239

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        Reply posted by petemcfc, at 22:36 30 Jul

        "Given how the pandemic has effected club finances, city bidding this astronomical sum proves the books are being cooked"petemcfc replied: And here come the financial experts…5772

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      Comment posted by GJM1305, at 22:38 30 Jul

      Nobody was falling for Pep’s lousy excuses, we don’t have the money to spend 100m on one player.

      Next week, Man City bid 100m for Jack Grealish.10911

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        Reply posted by as it is, at 22:40 30 Jul

        "Nobody was falling for Pep’s lousy excuses, we don’t have the money to spend 100m on one player.Next week, Man City bid 100m for Jack Grealish."as it is replied: Dry your eyes3382

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      Comment posted by winnie, at 22:32 30 Jul

      £100 million ? What a crazy world. But he’s sure to win City more penalties than ever before 😁8810

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        Reply posted by chatsy, at 22:42 30 Jul

        "£100 million ? What a crazy world. But he’s sure to win City more penalties than ever before 😁"chatsy replied: Grealish plus Sterling? There will be pens galore and Tom Daley will take over from Pep!7118

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      Comment posted by Anonymoustache, at 22:33 30 Jul

      Quality player no doubt, but….
      1) is ANYONE worth this insane amount of money?
      2) is he really a good fit for City?
      3) assume this means Kane isn’t going to City, unless FFP is being steamrolled again?
      4) didn’t he hate City a few years back?9220

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        Reply posted by COYS 1, at 22:58 30 Jul

        "Quality player no doubt, but….1) is ANYONE worth this insane amount of money?2) is he really a good fit for City?3) assume this means Kane isn’t going to City, unless FFP is being steamrolled again?4) didn’t he hate City a few years back?"COYS 1 replied: I think Kane’s value dropped drastically during the euros.6625

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      Comment posted by plaverda, at 22:48 30 Jul

      Can someone please explain how Man City are allowed to spend £200 million plus on Grealish and Kane? Financial fair play rules? When no club has had spectators for over a year? Makes a mockery of it.7213

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        Reply posted by matt, at 22:50 30 Jul

        "Can someone please explain how Man City are allowed to spend £200 million plus on Grealish and Kane? Financial fair play rules? When no club has had spectators for over a year? Makes a mockery of it."matt replied: City earned over 600 million last year2867

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      Comment posted by MagpieRH, at 22:38 30 Jul

      Good job the Super League clubs got to pick their own fines, otherwise we’d be seeing ridiculous sums being thrown around for transfers.550

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        Reply posted by margaret, today at 00:11

        "Good job the Super League clubs got to pick their own fines, otherwise we’d be seeing ridiculous sums being thrown around for transfers."margaret replied: Grealish will fit in well with that other bottler Sterling. They shouldn’t be allowed to take another penalty for the remainder of their careers.631

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      Comment posted by Bolton of Yorkshire, at 22:32 30 Jul

      Pep took a team who in the 5 seasons previous averaged 2nd and had won the league twice. He’s spent £600m + player sales. This will be £700m.
      No wonder he’s called chequebook Pep7926

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        Reply posted by Fasybmxracer, at 22:40 30 Jul

        "Pep took a team who in the 5 seasons previous averaged 2nd and had won the league twice. He’s spent £600m + player sales. This will be £700m. No wonder he’s called chequebook Pep"Fasybmxracer replied: Ole has spent £400mill in two years. And won nothing.9225

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      Comment posted by aron, at 22:31 30 Jul

      Is he really better than Foden de bruyne marhez ?? Don’t think good value for money6112

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        Reply posted by margaret, at 22:47 30 Jul

        "Is he really better than Foden de bruyne marhez ?? Don’t think good value for money"margaret replied: Bottled a penalty in the Final shootout, a waste of space.1999

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      Comment posted by WSV, at 22:41 30 Jul

      I think that Villa are just keeping their options open at the moment.

      They’re not due to properly start negotiating a new contract with Jack until Monday. City have tried to steal a march on that, but Villa hold all the cards.

      I’d suggest the probable outcome is that Jack stays, as time is now short to spend that money before the start of the season. Just too many balls to juggle, but we’ll see.485

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        Reply posted by Frankie Magners, at 23:17 30 Jul

        "I think that Villa are just keeping their options open at the moment.They’re not due to properly start negotiating a new contract with Jack until Monday. City have tried to steal a march on that, but Villa hold all the cards.I’d suggest the probable outcome is that Jack stays, as time is now short to spend that money before the start of the season. Just too many balls to juggle, but we’ll see."Frankie Magners replied: Grealish has got no loyalty to anyone, He ditched Ireland and will ditch Villa2134

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      Comment posted by Shaun, at 22:42 30 Jul

      Looking through the BBC’s sport updates you couldn’t find two more controversial stories- the first an amazing individual, who had to crowd fund 50k to get to the Olympics, not known before who through huge adversity won Gold in the female BMX final. The other a football player, no more skilled, caught up in big business being put up for sale for 100 million – crazy doesn’t even touch this!!5113

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        Reply posted by bbeettaa, at 22:50 30 Jul

        "Looking through the BBC’s sport updates you couldn’t find two more controversial stories- the first an amazing individual, who had to crowd fund 50k to get to the Olympics, not known before who through huge adversity won Gold in the female BMX final. The other a football player, no more skilled, caught up in big business being put up for sale for 100 million – crazy doesn’t even touch this!!"bbeettaa replied: Precisely – the issue with football and £182

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      Comment posted by blobvilla, at 22:38 30 Jul

      Gutted but he’s gone, black arm bands and flags at half mast next week but then we move on. His career is ahead of our trajectory as a club, the owners are serious, it’s a huge set back but we will overcome it. He got us back where we belong and has been a joy to watch. Sad but thanks Jack. Hopefully he will come back and give us a couple of seasons at the end of his career.4714

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        Reply posted by GRIFFO, at 22:41 30 Jul

        "Gutted but he’s gone, black arm bands and flags at half mast next week but then we move on. His career is ahead of our trajectory as a club, the owners are serious, it’s a huge set back but we will overcome it. He got us back where we belong and has been a joy to watch. Sad but thanks Jack. Hopefully he will come back and give us a couple of seasons at the end of his career."GRIFFO replied: Erm he’s not gone yet422

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      Comment posted by Darth Flowers, at 22:37 30 Jul

      I’m worth at least £15m then. I’m English actually so with that price boost probably about £25m.387

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        Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, today at 01:25

        "I’m worth at least £15m then. I’m English actually so with that price boost probably about £25m."The Spin Doctor replied: Just make Man Utd aware of yourself and soon they will be 80M poorer.62

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      Comment posted by Henry Hannon, at 22:45 30 Jul

      Villa should hold out for a higher transfer fee291

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        Reply posted by margaret, today at 01:11

        "Villa should hold out for a higher transfer fee"margaret replied: Bottler joins Champion League Bottlers.47

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      Comment posted by A-FORCE, at 22:39 30 Jul

      Stats are there for everyone to see but Grealish still doesn’t get any credit for some reason. Players from English clubs cost ridiculous money because teams like Aston Villa don’t need the money and don’t need to sell. It isn’t the 90/00s anymore.291

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        Reply posted by Mark, today at 00:28

        "Stats are there for everyone to see but Grealish still doesn’t get any credit for some reason. Players from English clubs cost ridiculous money because teams like Aston Villa don’t need the money and don’t need to sell. It isn’t the 90/00s anymore."Mark replied: 110 fouls etc… tells you everything… Real skilful talent stay on their feet…710

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      Comment posted by Steve, at 22:42 30 Jul

      £100,million pocket change to the “Oil Men” Same as always the filthy rich will get what they want.4015

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        Reply posted by Maine Line, at 22:58 30 Jul

        "£100,million pocket change to the “Oil Men” Same as always the filthy rich will get what they want."Maine Line replied: Salty. Keep sucking it up.1445

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      Comment posted by The Beautiful Game, at 22:40 30 Jul

      They do certainly have some money trees in Manchester !!

      Though Grealish next to KDB should be good fun to watch.252

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        Reply posted by Luckylegs, at 23:32 30 Jul

        "They do certainly have some money trees in Manchester !!Though Grealish next to KDB should be good fun to watch."Luckylegs replied: He will slow City down as he will spend so much time trying to stand up.165

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