Arsenal are on the lookout for a new creative midfielder this summer and Jack Grealish has been linked with a move to the club.
However, Manchester City have also been heavily linked with a move for the Aston Villa captain, with Pep Guardiola thought to be a big fan of the 25-year-old playmaker.
Now, according to the Telegraph, the 2020/21 Premier League champions have now launched a £100million offer for Grealish as City look to complete the most expensive transfer in English top-flight history.
Grealish has apparently been one of Guardiola’s “priority signings” this summer, and after discussions all week with Villa over a move, they have now decided to make an official offer for their star player.
The England star is due to return to training with Dean Smith’s side next week after an extended break due to his international commitments in the recent Euros.
Villa have apparently offered Grealish a lucrative new contract as they do everything they can to keep their captain, but City are determined to lure him away from his boyhood club, who he has represented since the age of six.
For Arsenal, this comes as something of a blow, with the north London club clearly fans of Grealish’s talents, but due to his price tag, it’s a move the Gunners were never realistically going to be able to make.
But Mikel Arteta does have other attacking midfielder targets in his mind other than Grealish.
football.london understands that the north London club are still hopeful of luring Martin Odegaard away from Real Madrid this summer following a loan spell at the Emirates Stadium last season.
Meanwhile, Leicester City star James Maddison is also on Arsenal’s shortlist between now and the end of next month, but the Foxes could command around £70m for his signature, which could put the Gunners off somewhat.
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