Jack Grealish’s £100m price tag could turn off Manchester City – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Man City has been linked to some of the continent’s finest talents over the last week after it was announced that legendary striker Sergio Aguero would leave the Etihad this summer.
That means Pep Guardiola’s side is in pursuit of a replacement for the Argentinian, with Erling Haaland, and most recently, Harry Kane, two of their most coveted targets.
However, the Citizens have also shown interest in Aston Villa standout Jack Grealish, but his hefty £100m price tag could prove to be a roadblock in signing the Englishman, per the Telegraph.
Grealish has developed into one of the best players in the
Premier League with Villa, helping his boyhood club stave off relegation last term and secure a mid-table spot currently.
He’s struggled with a lower leg injury recently which kept him out of the England squad for World Cup qualifiers, but Grealish is expected to return to the pitch when league play resumes this weekend. In his six-week absence, the Lions secured just one victory while scoring only three times.
His presence in the starting XI is evident on a weekly basis, with the 25-year old netting six times and tallying 10 assists in 22 appearances.
There’s no question that he deserves to play for a side that can compete for trophies, but Villa’s enormous transfer fee could scare away potential suitors for the time being.
With City chasing Haaland, who would cost €150 million, it could be difficult for the Citizens to also sign Grealish. Based on their latest remarks, it appears their priorities could be elsewhere.
Manchester United was also linked to Grealish last summer, but another attacker isn’t a necessity for the upcoming transfer window.
If there was a club in Europe that have the money to pull off a swoop for Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish though, it would be Man City.
It will be interesting to see if the Aston Villa star does move on, or stay put this summer. One thing is clear though, the Villains are not the least interested in selling their main man.