Sky Sports News has been told that Manchester City made their initial approach several days ago, and lines of communication remain open.
Although Villa don’t want to sell Jack Grealish, and have already offered him a new and improved contract to try to persuade him that his future lies at Villa Park, despite having four years left on his existing deal which was only signed in September.
However, the club are adamant they want to build their team around him with Dean Smith’s summer recruitment plans, having already signed Emi Buendia and Ashley Young, based on players who will play with Grealish, not in place of him.
Much depends now on whether City are prepared to meet Villa’s valuation of the England international, expected to be around £100m – and whether Grealish himself tells Villa that he wants to move to the Etihad.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola is a keen admirer of the 25-year-old and have also been linked with Grealish’s England team-mate Harry Kane and have already had one £100m bid rejected by Tottenham. it is likely that the Premier League champions will have to sell players to accrue funds to sign both players.
“Jack Grealish is going to be hot property this summer. Lots of clubs would like to sign him, but he has a long-term contract and Villa do not want to sell him. It is unlikely City would sign a striker of the calibre of Kane or Haaland, and Grealish as well. The only way that could happen is if they sold players.
“Do Villa want to sell Grealish? The answer is a resounding no. He’s their captain and has four years left on his contract. We know Grealish will be talked a lot about this summer, we know a lot of clubs want to sign him, but in transfer sagas you have to look at who holds the power.
“At the moment, that is Villa. Yes City like him, Guardiola is an admirer, but it’s going to be very difficult to get him.”