Pep Guardiola wants to bring Jack Grealish to Manchester City this summer, with reports claiming he sees the Aston Villa star as a priority alongside Harry Kane.
ESPN are reporting that Guardiola is a long-term admirer of Grealish, who enjoyed a fine 2020/21 season for Villa and looks set to play a huge part for England at the upcoming European Championships.
The report claims City are confident they can “win the race” for the 25-year-old playmaker, with Villa holding a £100million price-tag over his head.
The 2020/21 Premier League champions are also on the hunt for a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero, who was allowed to leave the Etihad Stadium on a free transfer and join Barcelona recently.
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Kane has been identified as the man to fill in their all-time leading goal scorer’s boots, but Guardiola also thinks City should not miss the chance to bring Grealish to the club this summer.
Following Emiliano Buendia ‘s £33m move to Aston Villa, that was announced on Monday, the Manchester club believe a deal can be struck with the Midlands outfit for their captain, who recently signed a five-year contract with his boyhood side.
Sky Sports reported last month that Kane has told Tottenham “again” that he wants to leave the club before the beginning of next season, with his preference to remain in the Premier League.
However, football.london understands that despite the 27-year-old becoming increasingly frustrated with Spurs’ inability to compete for the major honours, he is yet to directly inform the north London club of his desire to move on from the side he has represented professionally for the best part of 12 years.
The new manager, whoever that ends up being, could make all the difference in regards to Kane’s future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs remain on the lookout for Jose Mourinho’s successor, after talks with Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte collapsed recently.