Report: Pep Guardiola has his eyes on Villa star, but a move could be difficult this summer

Sam Preston March 31, 2021
Report: Pep Guardiola has his eyes on Villa star, but a move could be difficult this summer
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola remains keen on Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish but it’ll be hard to do a deal this summer.

The Telegraph report that the City boss is a huge admirer of Grealish, but Erling Haaland is his top target for the summer.

Haaland is likely to command a huge fee to sign him the summer before his release clause becomes active.

To sign the Norwegian and Grealish in the same window would require enormous financial muscle.

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If anyone’s capable of that, it’s probably City, but we’re talking around £250 million for just two players in the middle of a pandemic.

Villa have also markedly improved this season and Grealish is shining in a side who are challenging for Europe.

The report says Grealish could be tempted to leave if Villa don’t get into Europe.

He apparently has ambitions of showing what he can do on that stage, and hasn’t even played in the Europa League yet.

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But his loyalty to Villa is huge and the club doesn’t need to sell – so it would be a huge surprise to see him in a City shirt next season.

A strong Euro 2020 with England would only increase his value even more and the bidding seems to start at £100 million as it is.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.