Aston Villa have reportedly made an agreement with the agents of Jack Grealish to let the midfielder leave the club this summer.
The 25-year-old only signed a new five-year deal with the club in September but is high on the list of transfer targets for Manchester City.
Grealish has aspirations of playing in the Champions League and it is thought he is keen to step up to the next level sooner rather than later.
Villa’s failure to land a spot in Europe diminished their chances of holding onto their captain, with City now lining up a £100million bid to smash the Premier League transfer record.
According to a report from The Sun , Grealish’s representatives at Stellar Sports have held discussions with Villa chiefs over Grealish’s future.
They claim that his agents are now content with an agreement they have in place with the club that Grealish will be allowed to leave Villa in the coming months, once his involvement at Euro 2020 comes to an end.
It’s due to Grealish’s role in the England camp that City have not yet lodged a formal bid, but they plan to do so once the tournament is finished.
Pep Guardiola is keen to add Grealish to his squad in time for pre-season as he looks to boost City’s chances of retaining the title.
It seems a move for the Villa talisman is now City’s priority after failing with a bid for his England teammate Harry Kane.
Tottenham turned down an offer of £100million for their star striker, with reports suggesting City could now delay another bid until next year.
That would suit Spurs’ owner Daniel Levy, who is prepared to block Kane’s departure this summer unless he receives an offer which meets his valuation, believed to be well above City’s opening gambit.
Villa’s own transfer activity may even hint that they are preparing for Grealish’s exit.
So far Dean Smith has swooped to sign Norwich playmaker Emiliano Buendia, while he also saw a hopeful £25m bid for Arsenal’s attacking midfield star Emile Smith Rowe politely turned away.
Manchester United also expressed an interest in Grealish previously, but they have focused their attentions largely on landing Jadon Sancho, while pursuing a new centre-back.
For Villa, losing Grealish would be a bitter blow, but his stock is only rising amid his performances for England at the Euros.
He shone in the 1-0 win over Czech Republic and revealed he was looking to use the tournament to truly announce himself on the European stage.
“If you look back and think of Gazza at Italia 90, that is where he first made a… well he was obviously still well known before, but I think everyone remembers him for that tournament especially,” Grealish said earlier this week.
“You look at Wayne Rooney in Euro 2004 – I think that was where he set his marker to say I am going to be one of the best in the world.
“I am hoping to follow in their footsteps and hopefully I can do that if I get more chances in this tournament.”