Soccer Update: Man City Targeting Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish
Defending English Premier League champions Manchester City have expressed serious intentions of retaining their title. Now, they are targeting midfielder Jack Grealish. Reports said that City is willing to pay Grealish’s current team, Aston Villa. This will amount to a record transfer fee of about GBP100 million (USD139 million) just to acquire his services. So far, formal talks between the two clubs have yet to take place. The midfielder is still currently playing for England in Euro 2020. If the deal pushes through, the team will be prohibitive favorites in the 2021-22 Premier League season, according to the best online gambling website in soccer.
Possible Effect of Jack Grealish’s Transfer
If the potential transfer for Jack Grealish pushes forward, several City regulars might wish for a change of scenery come 2021-22 season. One of them is Bernardo Silva, who reports said has expressed his desire to leave the team amid interest from various clubs in Spain and Italy. The attacking midfielder scored two goals and registered six assists in 26 appearances last season. Another player that might take a hit in this impending move is Raheem Sterling. He reportedly fell out of favor under City manager Pep Guardiola for much of the second half of the season. He scored 10 goals last season and is being linked to a possible move as well.
Securing its Fifth Premier League Title
Last season, City successfully returned to the apex of the English Premier League as they were crowned champions. They amassed 86 points on 27 wins, five draws, and six losses. They were 12 points better than second placers Manchester United. It was City’s fifth Premier League title – and third in four years. The team produced a league-topping 83 goals in 2020-21. They relied on balanced scoring, with seven of its players slotting home at least six goals. Their defense was also superb. They allowed just 32 goals in 38 games and starting goalkeeper Ederson produced 19 clean sheets.
To retain the title, City is looking to strengthen its lineup in the off-season. The management is targeting two big-time talents to beef up their squad. One of them is the 25-year-old midfielder who has scored 32 goals in 213 appearances with Aston Villa. If it pushes through, the fee could eclipse the previous record. It was set by Manchester United when it acquired Paul Pogba for GBP89.3 million (USD124 million).
Hunting for Kane
Another City target is Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane. Reports said that the defending champions are preparing a GBP100-million offer for the Spurs. This could include Manchester City players in exchange for Kane, who scored 23 goals last season. However, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is reluctant to accept the offer. He values Kane at more than GBP130 million (USD200 million). The Spurs official’s focus at the moment is the team’s vacancy in the managerial post. This was after they sacked Jose Mourinho in April. Various media outlets point to Nuno Espirito Santo as the likely favorite to take over as Tottenham’s manager and other top-class tacticians including Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca, and Gennaro Gattuso have emerged in the mix as well. The issue will certainly affect Kane’s stay with the team in the coming months although he is committed to the team for at least three years.
Kane is currently playing for England at the Euro 2020 and has yet to score a goal in the team’s group games. Fortunately for the team, they have qualified to the knockout phase where they will face Germany for a spot in the quarterfinals. Despite being on a slump lately, Kane has the capability to score goals in a hurry and deliver timely assists to open teammates to help the team.
Back-to-back for City?
The stories that hound Manchester City during the offseason expects to affect their bid to win back-to-back Premier League titles. Betting on soccer for the 2021-22 edition of the English Premier League will bring in additional excitement and potential profits for bettors if City secures its offseason targets. Manchester City could potentially break league records if its lineup remains intact and acquires Jack Grealish and Harry Kane to boost their attack.