Manchester City lining up a bid to sign Kevin De Bruyne’s long-term replacement this summer

Manchester City have been linked with a series of big names this summer. The former Premier League champions might well be on a course to a spending spree though Pep Guardiola indicated that it may not be the case this time around, given how well he adjusted with the limited options that he was forced to have in the early part of this season.

Football Insider understands that Manchester City are said to be lining a bid for Aston Villa skipper, Jack Grealish. The 25-year-old has been in sensational form off-late and it is no surprise that the Cityzens are interested in bringing him to the Etihad.

Grealish is arguably England’s best midfielder currently and Villa have slapped a £100 million valuation on the back of their skipper. The 25-year-old recently signed a new five-year deal last September with Aston Villa and as it stands, the contract will only expire in 2025.

In recent times, there have been public comments exchanged between Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish, confirming their mutual admiration for each other. Having said that, it is safe to assume that Grealish might certainly be tempted with the idea of working under Pep Guardiola and the prospect of winning silverware with Manchester City.

Manchester City are unlikely to spend £100 million on a single player and that includes Jack Grealish as well. The former Premier League champions will be hoping that an agreement can be reached between themselves and Aston Villa over the sale of their best player.

The Sky Blues have also been linked with Erling Haaland this summer but Mino Raiola’s rumored demands seem to be pushing City away. The superagent is a player’s dream and a manager’s nightmare. Raiola is rumored to be demanding wages as high as £600,000 per week for Erling Haaland.

The Norwegian striker is too young to warrant such a huge wage bill and it is likely that City will not be too bothered about the 20-year-old this summer. Haaland’s contract has a £75 million release clause which only gets activated next summer, in case Dortmund decide to keep him for another season.