Pep Guardiola Includes Kane, Messi And Grealish In His Man City Overhaul

Guardiola Includes Grealish Man City Overhaul

Pep Guardiola has told Manchester City to move for Jack Grealish after identifying the Aston Villa attacker as a top target for his planned rebuild.

Potential signings formed a key part of Guardiola’s own negotiations for a new contract, which was signed last week, as he realises the need to overhaul this team.

A number of potential options were discussed – including Harry Kane and Lionel Messi – but the Catalan is a huge admirer of Grealish, who he sees as a highly buyable player who can also restore a spark to City’s play.

According to The Independent, Guardiola has discussed the 25-year-old’s quality with Kevin De Bruyne and the Belgian was effusive in his praise of Grealish after his country's recent 2-0 win over England, describing him as a player City must try and sign.

Manchester United had previously been favourites to sign Grealish this summer, only to balk at a price of around £70m amid the Covid crisis. That value has only gone up.

Grealish signed a new five-year deal in September, and it is understood that involves an agreement that he cannot leave Villa Park for less than £100m.

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City are currently the most intent on his signature.

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