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Man City ‘set to make £75m opening transfer bid for Jack Grealish’ – as Aston Villa hold out for British record £100m

MANCHESTER CITY are set to make an opening bid of £75million plus add-ons for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish, according to reports.

But Dean Smith's side will dig their heels in and demand £100m for their talisman.

Man City are desperate to sign the England favourite this summer, and want to partner him up with Kevin De Bruyne.

But Villa are determined to hold out for a British record £100m.

According to the Mail, however, City will press on and are hopeful that a compromise can be met.

Grealish impressed for Villa last season, scoring six times and laying on 12 assists in 26 Premier League outings.

His performances earned him a place in Gareth Southgate's England squad for Euro 2020.

Following strong interest from Manchester United last summer, Grealish penned a new five-year deal in September 2020.

Rather than sell the attacking midfielder, Villa are determined to build a team around him that can qualify for Europe and compete for honours.

The Midlanders drastically improved last season after signing the likes of Emi Martinez, Bertrand Traore and Ollie Watkins.

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And they could do so again this time around, having recruited Emi Buendia and Ashley Young.

That won't stop City, however, who are expected to raise funds through player sales this summer, with Bernardo Silva a potential departee.

The reigning Premier League champions are also desperate to land Tottenham ace Harry Kane as they dust themselves down from losing May's Champions League final.

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Aston Villa players including Jack Grealish pose in the new 2021-22 season kit

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