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Report: Aston Villa braced for Manchester City bid for Jack Grealish

Aston Villa are now braced for Manchester City to make a bid for Jack Grealish, according to a report from the Daily Mail.

Villa look to be on the verge of completing the first marquee deal of the window.

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According to the Mail, they are close to breaking their club record to land Emi Buendia. It is claimed that he has undergone a medical ahead of the switch.

It is a huge statement of intent from the Villans – particularly if they manage to hold onto Grealish.

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However, it appears that Dean Smith’s men are expecting their resolve to be tested.

Previous reports suggested that initial talks had been held between Manchester City and Grealish.

And it now seems that the Premier League champions may soon take the next step in trying to land the 25-year-old.

The Daily Mail claims that Villa are braced for a Manchester City bid for Grealish, who is valued at £100 million.

Interestingly, the report suggests that Villa are looking to build a squad that can still compete should Grealish leave.

That would perhaps suggest that they are not shutting the door on a move altogether.

Jack Grealish could be an incredible signing for Manchester City – but Villa must dig heels in

Aston Villa are unlikely to show any willingness to sell for anything less than the full asking price for their talisman.

If he stays, Villa hold onto one of the most exciting talents in the Premier League. And if he goes, they will have the funds to smash their transfer record once again.

So Villa may be quite relaxed about Grealish potentially leaving.

Of course, the uncertainty will not do them many favours. But they are in a very strong position as City sniff around.

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