Jack Grealish has flown back to the UK as he prepares to finalise an English-record £100million transfer to Manchester City.

Grealish, 25, enjoyed a well-earned break in the Croatian tourist hotspot of Dubrovnik after a brilliant 2020/21 season for club and country.

The Aston Villa captain fired his boyhood side to an 11th-place finish in the Premier League with six goals and 12 assists before helping England reach the final of Euro 2020.

Grealish was handed an extended holiday by Villa due to his exertions this summer, but he continued to dominate headlines as City prepared a nine-figure bid for his services.

Grealish enjoyed time off in Dubrovnik (

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This offer was put on the table on Friday and the latest reports indicate Villa have softened their stance on their club captain, allowing him to depart for the Etihad.

Grealish arrived back in Birmingham from his vacation on a private jet and hopes to finalise his transfer to City as soon as possible to save him returning to Villa's Bodymoor Heath base for pre-season training.

Sky Blues boss Pep Guardiola is a huge admirer of the versatile playmaker who has shone in central midfield roles and out on the left wing in recent seasons.

City chiefs funded their bid for Grealish with numerous sales, including the departure of Leroy Sane for Bayern Munich last summer for an initial £37million which could rise to £55million with add-ons.

This sale was not shown on the club's accounts last season, while they have raised further funds by offloading Angelino, Jack Harrison and Lukas Nmecha for a combined sum of close to £40million.

City were also boosted by Jadon Sancho's £73million move to Manchester United as their sell-on clause entitled them to £11million of that sum for their former academy player.

Elsewhere, Ivan Ilic is edging closer to a £7million move to Hellas Verona, while Bernardo Silva and Yangel Herrera could also leave if suitable offers are received.

However, City's shrewd business to try balance the books may not be enough for them to table another record-breaking bid for Harry Kane this summer.

Kane, 28, is pushing to leave Tottenham and City made a £100million approach for the England captain earlier this summer, only for Spurs to reject their bid.

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Guardiola is targeting a world-class centre-forward following Sergio Aguero's departure and amid ongoing doubts over Gabriel Jesus' ability to lead the line.

But Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is holding out for an eye-watering sum of £160million for Kane, meaning City are far off matching their valuation.

As such, Grealish may be the only marquee arrival at the Etihad this summer and City are expected to wait at least another year to pursue Kane.