MANCHESTER CITY are set to make England midfielder Jack Grealish the most expensive Premier League signing ever.
The £89 million paid by Manchester United to Paul Pogba five years ago was the highest fee paid by an English top-flight club.
If Spurs receive anywhere near the £160 million they want for City-linked Harry Kane, the record may not last long.
Villa do not want to trade talisman Grealish and will make a last-ditch attempt to persuade him to stay by offering him a lucrative new contract.
If they are forced to sell, they will demand roughly £100 million.
There’s even talk that the contract he signed at Villa Park a year ago includes a release clause for roughly that amount.
The Premier League winners’ pursuit of the 25-year-old England international is expected to increase this week, with a view to signing the player before the Community Shield on Saturday 7th August, according to reports.
While personal issues between Manchester City and Jack Grealish are unlikely to become a stumbling barrier in any agreement, the entire transfer sum has some concerned.
According to reports, they will make an initial proposal of £75 million to test the waters in the coming days.
The £145 million transfer of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool to Barcelona in January 2018 set a new record for a transfer involving a British club.