Speaking to Football Insider, ex-England international Darren Bent has claimed that Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish is ‘eyeing’ three Premier League clubs to join in the summer – with Pep Guardiola’s Sky Blues being one of them.
As club legend David Silva looks set to conclude his decade-long stay at City when this campaign comes to an end, it is debatable that we should be on the lookout for any potential replacements who could even come close to replicating the Spaniard’s past influence.
Youngster Phil Foden has been tipped in the past to take that mantle, but according to Bent, we might not have to rely on the teenager so much after all.
The Ex-Sunderland striker has revealed that Grealish is potentially eyeing up a move to the Etihad Stadium as well as considering the likes of Spurs and bitter rivals Man United.
Grealish has arguably been a revelation for Villa this campaign, scoring seven goals and assisting six others whilst averaging 2.1 shots and 2.7 key passes per game according to WhoScored.
Compared to Silva, who has mustered 1.7 shots and 1.8 key passes on average, the Englishman looks to have reigned supreme in his influence going forward this season – potentially highlighting the possibility that he could be a worthy midfield heir.
Should we join the race for Grealish?
Manager Guardiola has even sung his praises in the past, describing the Villa man as a ‘top player’ and ‘incredible’ in a post-match press conference back in October 2019.
However, even though we are in the running according to Bent, it appears United are at the top of his estimations – with Grealish apparently rating our cross-town rivals very highly.
“I think Jack Grealish has got his sights set on maybe three teams,” explained the pundit to Football Insider.
“I would say probably Manchester United, Manchester City, and potentially maybe Spurs.
“I think they’re the three that are looking at him, and he’s eyeing them thinking ‘I’d like to go to one of them’.
“I’d probably put Man United at the very, very top of that. If that doesn’t happen and Villa go down, you never know, but for me, he’s got his eye on them.”
Even though we could have a battle on our hands to land Grealish, it may be a good investment considering his brilliant campaign.