Man City fork out $139m to sign Aston Villa’s Grealish, set English football record
Jack Grealish has completed his British record £100 million ($139 million) transfer from Aston Villa to Manchester City. His signing was set to be confirmed on Wednesday afternoon, the two clubs announced on Wednesday morning.
However, the expected move from Tottenham Hotspur talisman Harry Kane to Man City received a setback when the latter raised questions about the £160 million ($222 million) valuation of the striker.
Grealish, an England international, arrived in Manchester in morning in readiness to put the finishing touches to a move that would see him become the most expensive signing in British football history, eclipsing the £89 million ($123 million) Manchester United paid Juventus to buy Paul Pogba four years ago.
The acquisition of Grealish coincided with the arrival of Leon Bailey at Aston Villa from Bayer Leverkusen. The Jamaican international winger will not appease Aston Villa fans, who wanted Grealish to stay.
After announcing at the weekend that they had agreed a deal for Bailey, the transfer has now gone through. He completed a medical and signed his contract after agreeing personal terms to put the finishing touches to the transfer. His contract at Villa Park will run until 2025.
City romped to the Premier League title last season, but Pep Guardiola is intent on building from a position of strength and had earmarked Grealish as his No.1 target to provide competition for the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling.
Harry Kane is “not worth £160 million” with Tottenham’s reported valuation of the wantaway striker branded “unjustifiable”.
Man City have been warned there is no way Daniel Levy will back down from his asking price, with the Premier League champions reportedly willing to pay £130 million ($194 million) for the England captain. And former Tottenham striker Darren Bent was stunned by the cub’s price tag, insisting it would not be value for money.
“Harry Kane is one of the best centre-forward in the world, but he’s not worth £160 million,” Bent said in an interview with TalkSport.
“He’s 28 years old now, he has had injuries… what are you going to get out of him, four or five years? I just don’t think it justifies that much money. Manchester City have got the money to do it, but Pep Guardiola and the owners are probably thinking, ‘no, £160 million is too much’. Maybe £100 million ($139 million) or £120 million ($167 million). that’s more realistic for Harry Kane. But if Daniel Levy is saying he wants £140 million ($195 million), £150 million ($208 million), £160 million and Manchester City are not prepared to pay that, no one is going to pay that.
Bent is of the view that “Harry is going to have to stay (at Spurs) and play.”
- A Tell /Agencies report