Per Fabrizio Romano, one of Manchester City’s two summer transfer sagas has come to an end with a confirmed deal for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish. The £100 million pound fee smashes both the all-time record for an English player as well as City’s club record by over £30 million in a staggering move that will headline City’s summer.
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Grealish will undoubtedly add a new element to City’s attack with his verticality, dribbling skills, and goalscoring ability. With a massive fee heading the other way, City’s longstanding pursuit of Harry Kane now takes an interesting turn, as players will need to leave in order to finance another super-transfer.
The Grealish transfer is not game-changing in itself; players have gone for bigger transfer fees. What it represents, however, is a sea change since Pep Guardiola took over: the willingness to spend large money on one big-name player. Previously, City had stuck to highly regarded, but developing young talent and molded them into stars, buying multiple players for around £40-50 million. In Grealish, the Sky Blues have secured a star, in his prime, and one of the league’s biggest names eager to play European football and win trophies.
This move keeps the Citizens competitive with the likes of Manchester United who strengthened significantly with the additions of Jadon Sancho and Raphaël Varane, and possibly Chelsea, who continue to edge closer to a record-breaking move of their own to bring back Romelu Lukaku.
City have broken their own transfer record, and in some fashion. While it is still far from PSG spending £321 million in one window on just two players (Neymar and Kylian Mbappé), City have firmly shown that they are now willing to contend with Europe’s other heavyweights to secure established players that become available, boding well for next summer’s pursuit of Erling Haaland. Overall, it is an exciting day to support Manchester City, and what Jack Grealish will bring to the club will be something to look forward to this season and in the years to come.