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Jack Grealish has yet to return to Aston Villa for pre-season training after representing England at the European Championships
Manchester City has made a club record 100m bid to Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.
Pep Guardiola, City manager, has identified the 25-year old English midfielder as one of his main targets.
It is believed that communication was maintained between the Premier League clubs throughout the summer.
City has made their move, before Grealish returns from Villa for pre-season training at Bodymoor Heath next Wednesday.
Guardiola believes Grealish can bring an extra dimension to City’s attack and propel them towards the Champions League title. They missed it last season, when they were beaten by Chelsea in the final.
Guardiola's desire to have Grealish in his team is evident by the fact that this fee would surpass the 89m Manchester United paid Paul Pogba in 2016.
His ball-handling skills have made him a fan favorite. This popularity was extended to England this summer when many felt that Gareth Southgate was not using him enough.
After his England duty at Euro 2020, Grealish was expected to have discussions with his club regarding his future. He began pre-season training with Villa.
City was aware of the amount Villa would want for their playmaker, and was determined to pursue it. The Etihad club was confident that they would close the deal by the end of the summer, as evidenced by their earlier statements.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane, Grealish's England teammate, has been linked to a move to Etihad Stadium. He made it clear that he wanted to leave Spurs this year.