Aston Villa open contract talks with Jack Grealish to fend off Man City interest

Man City eyeing Grealish

The headline news in the footballing world on Friday has surrounded Jack Grealish.

On the back of another stellar campaign with Aston Villa, Manchester City were linked with the midfielder earlier this month.

It was even claimed that the Sky Blues wanted Grealish as much as Harry Kane.

Now, several further developments have emerged in the Grealish saga on Friday.

Aston Villa open contract talks with Jack Grealish to fend off Man City interest

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 28: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on December 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

Various media outlets have reported that Man City were close to reaching an agreement for Grealish.

It has been claimed City are prepared to pay around £100m for the midfielder, which would be a British transfer record:

Aston Villa in contract talks with Grealish

A deal actually coming to fruition though, may be harder than expected given the above report.

Firstly, it has been reported that Aston Villa will not welcome any approach for Grealish and have not received a bid yet:

Then, Matt Maher of the Express & Star reported that Villa have opened talks with Grealish over a new contract as they look to fend off interested from Man City.

Discussions are said to have been ongoing for more than a week:

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