Jack Grealish ‘has release clause in Villa contract’ amid Man Utd and City links

Manchester City have reportedly been told Jack Grealish has a release clause in his Aston Villa contract.

Pep Guardiola's side are ready to launch a bid for the England midfielder, who is currently out injured.

City will have to pay a pretty penny to land the Villa fan-favourite.

But Football Insider claim the club have been told that Grealish now have a release clause after signing a new contract at Villa Park last September.

Manchester United have also been keen on the 25-year-old in the past but it is unclear if they will be able to match their rivals when it comes to finances.

Sheikh Mansour-owned City are primed for a huge summer in the transfer market, despite Guardiola playing down a move for Erling Haaland.

Football Insider last week reported Grealish has 'told friends' he would like a move to the Etihad Stadium.

The possibility of Champions League football is too much to turn down for the Villa fan, who was expected to leave last summer.

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  • Whoever lands Grealish is landing a serious top player.

    And the midfielder's former team-mate Alan Sheehan thinks he could sign for 99 per cent of teams in the world.

    Sheehan, who played with Grealish while he was on loan at Notts County, told the Birmingham Mail’s Claret & Blue Podcast: “For me right now he’s one of the best players in the Premier League.

    “I would be surprised if he wasn’t up for PFA Player of the Year. I think it’s up to him. He’s a legend and captain of his boyhood club. He could probably choose 99 per cent of clubs in the world.

    “What’s been unbelievable for him, particularly in the last 18 months to 24 months, has been Dean Smith who is a brilliant manager. Villa are evolving as a club and obviously, they will want to go as high as possible.

    “But with Jack it depends. If he wants to move on, I’d be confident he could do it in the Champions League or winning trophies, whatever.

    “It seems like at the moment he wants to do it at Aston Villa. It’s all up to him about how far he wants to go and I think his hunger and everything that he has, he will keep just kicking on.”

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