Man City’s pursuit of Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has taken yet another twist after Premier League rivals Chelsea have registered their interest.
Pep Guardiola’s side are keen on making Grealish the first ever British £100m signing, but that could be scuppered now Chelsea have appeared on the scene.
Thomas Tuchel’s team are looking to build on last term’s Champions League glory, but will do well to persuade Grealish against a move to the Etihad, given City’s recent Premier League dominance.
Chelsea are aiming to mount a bid for their first Premier League title since 2017 and view Grealish as an integral piece to the side Tuchel is trying to put together.
The England international has a lengthy list of suitors, though very few could actually afford the midfielder.
As two of the league’s biggest spenders, it is likely that is Grealish were to move anywhere it would be to one of City or Chelsea.
Aston Villa are not in a position where they are required to sell either, as the 25-yer-old only put pen to paper on a contract extension as recently as last year.
The deal ensures, unless a mega-money offer comes in, Grealish is tied to Villa Park until at least 2025, with an option to extend for a further year.
However, both Man City and Chelsea could end the window without Grealish’s signature if the Villa skipper opts to agree with a proposed new deal from his current outfit.
According to The Sun, Dean Smith’s side are set to try and make the skilful star one of the highest earners in the Premier League on £200,000 per week if it means he is willing to stay at Villa Park for years to come.
Grealish has been at his boyhood club since he was six years of age and made his first-team debut seven years ago back in 2014.
As City could better pretty much any financial package Villa put together and offer the midfielder Champions League football alongside title races, it is thought those over at the Etihad are confident they can entice Grealish into moving to Manchester.
It is unclear whether Grealish would favour a move to Chelsea given how fresh their interest is, but former Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed the midfielder is likely to stay put.
“There’s always going to be interest in a top player like Jack,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
“I think Manchester City would love to sign him but they probably need a striker as their number one target. They might end up using their money to get a striker rather than spend over £100million to get Jack.
“He’s an amazing player and Villa have done amazingly to tie him down to a long-term deal last summer. I think he will stay and fans will love it.”
Grealish is currently enjoying some well-earned downtime in the off-season after a summer of international duty at Euro 2020.
The midfielder was part of Gareth Southgate’s England side as they reached their first major tournament final for more than 50 years.