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Jack Grealish to become the first English £100MILLION man with Manchester City move imminent

Jack Grealish will become the first English £100million footballer after he agreed to leave Aston Villa for Manchester City on Wednesday night.

The 25-year-old will be officially confirmed as a City player over the next 24 hours after undergoing a medical and signing a five-year contract.

The Premier League champions broke the British transfer record by activating a clause in Grealish’s contract last week.  

Jack Grealish will complete his £100million move from Aston Villa to Manchester City today

England star Grealish is set to sign for the Premier League champions in a British record deal

Pep Guardiola (left) is set to get his man, in a deal which would make Grealish a record signing. Grealish and girlfriend Sasha Attwood (right), both 25, on holiday in Dubrovnik, Croatia in July

How Sportsmail led the way on Grealish 

Sportsmail's Chris Wheeler reported back in March that City were favourites to sign Grealish this summer.

Matt Hughes revealed back in May that City were ready to make Grealish English football's first £100million star.

And in June, we revealed that City's £100m bid was set to be enough to land Grealish despite Villa's offer of a new contract.

It is a huge statement of intent from City, who are prepared to break that transfer record again before the end of this month to land Harry Kane from Tottenham.

Sportsmail revealed in March that City had become favourites to sign Grealish and they have maintained a dogged pursuit. They opened official talks last week and offered the £100m clause figure in full on Friday.

Grealish returned from holiday in Dubrovnik at the start of this week and remained respectful to his boyhood club by resuming training. He spoke with sporting director Johan Lange and discussed taking the next step up in his career with chief executive Christian Purslow and chairman Nassef Sawiris.

Villa had tried hard to convince Grealish to stay. They had offered him a new deal, barely 11 months after he signed his last, and outlined their ambition to challenge the top six.

They underlined that ambition by pulling off a shock £30m swoop for Southampton striker Danny Ings - to take their spending to £60m in just one day. 

Grealish with his England team-mate Ben Chilwell during their recent holiday in Greece

Grealish has only just returned to pre-season training after playing for England at Euro 2020

Grealish is set for City and his England team-mate Harry Kane is also a target for the club 

They confirmed the £30m arrival of Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey - a move exclusively revealed by Sportsmail last month - earlier in the day.

Ings, 29, had rejected signing a new contract at Southampton in the hope of joining a club higher up the league and playing Champions League football. But Villa are appealing to targets with their ambition and Ings decided he wanted to join Dean Smith’s overhaul, signing a three-year deal.

Ings is the fourth summer signing after Emi Buendia, Ashley Young and Bailey but Villa are plotting further signings, including Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe on loan.

Manager Dean Smith, who described Ings as a leader and ‘an outstanding Premier League footballer who has scored goals wherever he has played,’ also wants Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse and Todd Cantwell of Norwich while Burnley’s Dwight McNeil remains of interest.

Aston Villa fans tried to urge Grealish to reject Manchester City's offer at their training camp

Those plans will do little to appease some Villa fans unhappy at losing Grealish but they can take some consolation from the fact the fee is being reinvested.

City manager Pep Guardiola has been open about his admiration for Grealish, calling him ‘an exceptional player’.

Grealish will now get the platform he has craved and many felt he deserved after his cameos for England at Euro 2020. The formalities could be completed in time for Saturday’s Community Shield against Leicester City.

Additional reporting: ADRIAN KAJUMBA

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