Jack Grealish is keen on a move to Manchester City this summer but the club are still attempting to negotiate Aston Villa’s asking price down, according to reports.
It’s been a worryingly quiet summer for City so far with returning goalkeeper Scott Carson the only signing to be made as of yet.
City are aiming to replace departed icon Sergio Aguero as well as bolster their ranks elsewhere as they look to bounce back from their Champions League final heartbreak, but it has been slow going in the transfer market so far.
As well as a new striker, the Manchester Evening News understands that the Blues are also looking to recruit Villa talisman Grealish, a player who Pep Guardiola has long been an admirer of.
No deal was expected to be completed until after the conclusion of Euro 2020 but nearly three weeks on from England’s final defeat and there is yet to be any fresh developments.
That could soon all change, however, as the Daily Mail reports that City have ‘confidence’ that Grealish will be signed in the coming weeks.
It’s claimed that there’s belief that the 25-year-old ‘wants to make the move’ but Villa won’t let their captain go without a fight.
£100million is said to be their asking price and, though it’s understood City are ready to spend that much, the report adds that the club are attempting to negotiate a lower price.
Meanwhile, Hellas Verona are reportedly looking to ‘accelerate’ their efforts to sign City’s Ivan Ilic.
The 20-year-old midfielder spent last season on loan at the Italian club, making 30 appearances and scoring three times, and they want him back this summer.
Yet his performances have attracted interest from elsewhere in Serie A, with Torino said to be keen, and as a result Verona are readying to step up their efforts to sign him.
TMW report that the club will offer to pay €8m to buy Ilic immediately, rather than take him on another loan with an obligation to buy.
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