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Report: Manchester City in early talks over Jack Grealish

Manchester City have held preliminary talks as they look to sign Jack Grealish this summer, with a report from the Daily Mail claiming that the Aston Villa star is deemed to be a better fit than Spurs’ Harry Kane.

Grealish enjoyed another outstanding campaign with the Villans. The 25-year-old scored six goals and contributed 10 assists for Dean Smith’s side.

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Unsurprisingly, his form is attracting attention.

The Daily Mail reports that Pep Guardiola is a big admirer of the attacking midfielder. And it appears that the Cityzens have got the ball rolling as they consider a potential move for him.

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According to the Mail, initial talks have taken place.

Interestingly, the report claims that City deem Grealish to be a better fit for their system than Spurs striker Harry Kane.

Grealish will cost Manchester City eye-watering sum

The Mail reports that Grealish is valued at around £100 million. And it seems highly unlikely that Villa will show any interest in selling him for less.

The Villa hierarchy look to be under little pressure to sell. And if they needed any further proof of his importance to Smith’s side, it surely came during the second-half of the season.

When Grealish made his final appearance before sustaining a serious shin injury, Villa were eighth in the Premier League and four points off the top four.

By the time he returned, he had missed 12 games. Villa managed three victories without him, losing six.

It would be incredibly unfair to insist that the Villans are a one-man team. The likes of Emi Martinez, Matt Targett and Ollie Watkins have been sensational this past season.

However, that poor run did highlight exactly how crucial Grealish is to their fortunes.

So they will be desperate to hold onto him beyond this summer. In fact, they will surely feel that keeping their captain will be considerably more beneficial than the £100 million they may be left with should he go.

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