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Aston Villa CEO Explains Jack Grealish’s Record-breaking Switch to Man City

Aston Villa and England midfielder Jack Grealish has become the most expensive player in British football after agreeing to a £100 million transfer to Manchester City. The transfer fee eclipses the £89 million paid by Manchester United for French midfield powerhouse Paul Pogba from Juventus. The deal also sees Grealish inch inside the top ten of the world’s most expensive transfers.

Grealish, who has been playing with Aston Villa having established his career as an up-and-coming lad many years ago, described the last few months of transfer speculation as “difficult”. Having helped Villa to cement themselves as a top-flight club once again, Grealish insisted that it was his dream to play Champions League football and that this was a “massive” factor in his departure.

Undoubtedly, the expectation is that the 25-year-old’s signing will only further boost the City squad. Presently, City are at odds of 4/6 in the Premier League betting markets to be staked as the outright winners for the upcoming season. The latest Premier League betting tips are also surmising that the season opener, soon to be played against Tottenham Hotspur, is promising to be the ultimate demo of Grealish’s new role under Pep Guardiola’s wing.

City are certainly hungry for another chance to prove their prowess, having been crowned the 2020/21 Premier League champions. That being said, they’re also currently in the process of evolving following the release of iconic forward Sergio Aguero. Therefore, Grealish’s arrival is a fierce statement of intent and a potentially promising beginning to a new, and even more accomplished, iteration of the club.

Villa CEO Purslow Attempts to Placate Supporters Over Grealish Sale

For Aston Villa supporters, the loss of their talisman so close to the start of the new season will have been a bitter pill to swallow for many. Villa’s CEO Christian Purslow took to the internet to publish a video outlining the reasons why the club reluctantly approved his sale.

Purslow took fans back to the start of the 2020/21 campaign when speculation first intensified surrounding transfer interest in Grealish from the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City. Villa acted by offering him a new and lucrative long-term contract.


Source: Piqsels
Source: Piqsels


Within that contract, Grealish’s advisors insisted upon a release clause of £100 million that could be triggered by any club playing in the Champions League. Purslow said that Grealish did not want Villa to “stand in his way” of playing European football providing his current employers “were not in the competition”.

Purslow added that the £100 million release clause was set at a record fee to reflect Grealish’s “truly unique value” to the club and its supporters, noting that Grealish was an example of an avid fan turned on-field genius.

Although the club’s hierarchy didn’t anticipate any team coming in to trigger that clause, Purslow described it as a “highly emotional moment” when Grealish asked Villa to escalate the transfer. Fortunately for Villa, Purslow, and boss Dean Smith have been planning ahead for this moment for some time and have already spent big sums on three summer signings they feel can help to fill the void that Grealish leaves behind him. Southampton’s in-form striker Danny Ings has joined for a reported £25 million, while Leon Bailey and Emiliano Buendia have also signed on the dotted line from Bayer Leverkusen and Norwich City, respectively. 

It remains to be seen whether Grealish can have a similar impact at Manchester City to his time at Villa Park. Everything went through Grealish for Smith’s side. It will be fascinating to see how he handles being one of many galactico-esque players within Guardiola’s City squad.

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