Manchester City have completed the signing of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for a British record fee of £100 million on a six-year deal.
After negotiations between the two clubs, Villa accepted City’s offer and the England international has now become the most expensive British player of all time.
The 25-year-old joined Villa at the age of six and has captained his boyhood side since March 2019.
An improved five-year contract was penned last September and another new deal was offered before the Birmingham-born attacking midfielder went to the delayed Euro 2020.
Villa hoped he would stay and be part of an ambitious project, but they also respected his desire to play Champions League football and would not block his path if a suitable proposal arrived.
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Similarly, Grealish was likely to have put pen to paper on the fresh terms unless City delivered what Villa wanted and ensured the transaction was handled in a cordial manner, so he could exit in the best possible way.
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