Aston Villa don't want to sell jack Grealish, and have offered him a new and improved contract to try to persuade him that his future lies at Villa Park - despite having four years left on his existing deal which was only signed in September
The club are adamant they want to build their team around him with Dean Smith's summer recruitment plans - having already signed Emi Buendia and Ashley Young - based on players who will play with Jack, not in place of him.
Are Man City prepared to meet Villa's valuation of the England international - expected to be around 100m.
Pep Guardiola is a keen admirer of the 25-year-old and have also been linked with Grealish's England team-mate Harry Kane and 100m bid rejected already.
However, it is likely the Premier League champions will have to sell players to accrue funds to sign both players.
'Grealish hot property but Villa hold the power'
"Jack Grealish is going to be hot property this summer. Lots of clubs would like to sign him, but he has a long-term contract and Villa do not want to sell him.
"Do Villa want to sell Jack Grealish? The answer is a resounding no. He's their captain and has four years left on his contract
"At the moment, that is Aston Villa. Yes Man City like him, Guardiola is an admirer, but it's going to be very difficult to get him."
What does Grealish offer City?
If you look closer, in terms of goal creation per 90, jack belongs to a ruling class of two: the only player to register superior numbers last season was potential future team-mate De Bruyne.
What happens to Raheem Sterling if Man City sign Grealish? Both players prefer operating down the left channel, but Sterling can also cover up top, while the Jack can be used in a No 10 role - so there could be room for both at the club.
The graphic below compares both players against wingers in Europe's top leagues and emphasises how jack was among the elite for assists, big chances created, fast breaks, fouls won and passes in the final third.
But Grealish would also offer City so much more. As the interactive table above shows, no current City attacker comes close to the Villa captain for duels and fouls won, which would further strengthen Guardiola's customary high press and threat from set-pieces.
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