Man City make Jack Grealish 'No 1 transfer target ahead of Lionel Messi and Harry Kane' as Pep eyes Aston Villa star
JACK GREALISH is reportedly Manchester City's TOP transfter target – ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi and Harry Kane.
Grealish's brilliant recent form for Aston Villa has earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate's England squad.
And the attacking midfielder has impressed for the Three Lions too and looks a shoe-in for the European Championships next summer.
According to The Independent, City boss Pep Guardiola 'is a huge admirer of Grealish' and believes he could become an essesntial part of an Etihad rebuild.
Guardiola has even discussed the transfer with star man Kevin De Bruyne, with the Belgian hugely impressed when he faced Grealish and England in their Nations League clash.
During the discussions over Guardiola's new two-year contract with City, a number of potential transfer were discussed.
Messi and Kane were two obvious names brought up, but Guardiola highlighted Grealish as the one to sign.
Manchester United were heavily linked with Grealish in the summer, but failed to meet Villa's £70m demands.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be keen to launch a fresh bid for Grealish's services having failed with his previous pursuit.
But his stock has risen consderably and his club could now ask for as much as £100m for the 25-year-old.
Real Madrid have also being linked for one of the in-form players in Europe.
And Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva has urged the Gunners to bring Grealish to the Emirates.
Speaking on The Invisible Wall Show, the Brazilian said: "Grealish, amazing. It seems like he could be a player that Arsenal missed.
"With his ability, he was one of the guys in the middle who can play beautiful football.
"He controls the ball, assists and can score goals.
"He is slightly different from Dennis Bergkamp, but he could be somebody for the future at Arsenal."
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