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Manchester City is close to signing Jack Grealish, Aston Villa skipper, for 100m.
The deal could be done in time to allow the England midfielder, who is currently playing in the Community Shield against Leicester City, to participate in Saturday's game.
This would be a British record for the move of the 25-year old.
He would be paid a far greater sum than the 89m Manchester United paid in 2016 to resign Paul Pogba, a France midfielder.
After returning to pre-season training at Aston Villa after Euro 2020, Grealish will make the move.
The transfer seems to have been handled in a more smooth manner than City's main target Harry Kane. Kane is currently at odds with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy because he claims a gentleman's deal exists that allows him to leave the club this season.
In September Grealish signed a five-year contract with Villa.
City made the move for him at last week's end, following up on a series of conversations with Villa and lodging a bid.
Guardiola believes Grealish's creativity could add an additional attack dimension to the already potent unit of attacking in the English game.
City scored 83 Premier League goals last season, 10 more than Manchester United. Guardiola however believes they can do more.
Grealish and Man City attackers compared Grealish sterling Foden Mahrez Silva De Bruyne games played 26 31 28 27 26 26 Goals 6 109 9 2 6 Assists 11 7 5 6 12 Chances created 8139 36 44 27 80 Dribbles 65 66 38 41 48 Fouls won110 41 34 30 18 31
Grealish has been a Villa fan all his life and was a member of the club throughout his professional career. He did a brief loan spell with Notts County when he was a teenager.
Villa announced on Monday the signing of Leon Bailey, a winger for 25m. This was in addition to Emiliano Buendia, a Norwich City midfielder, and Ashley Young, an Inter Milan midfielder.
City will be the ninth-most expensive player in history if Grealish is sold to them for 100m.
Only eight players ever received a transfer fee exceeding 100m.
The top five transfer fees in the world
Neymar [Barcelona-Paris St-Germain] 200m, 2017
Kylian Mbappe [Monaco-Paris St-Germain] 166m, 2017
Philippe Coutinho [Liverpool-Barcelona] 142m in 2018.
Ousmane Dembele [Borussia Dortmund-Barcelona] total fee 135m in 2017
Joao Felix [Benfica - Atletico Madrid] 113m in 2019