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Pep knows star is the Greal deal; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: John Richardson

MANCHESTER CITY manager Pep Guardiola has joined the growing list of admirers coveting Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish.

ngland Grealish, almost certain to be called up by England boss Gareth Southgate next month, has been in inspirational form for his boyhood club on their return to the Premier League.

t Despite discreet enquiries during the January transfer window for the midfielder from the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham, there was no way Villa would contemplate selling or the player wanting to jump ship.

But the summer will be a different proposition with Villa boss Dean Smith and the club's board steeling themselves for huge offers for the 24-year-old (below), who has been at Villa Park since the age of six.

club he a have suloho It would then be left to the player about whether he wants to uproot from the and his family always supported. And it looks like he will have the choice of most of the Premier League's top sides after proving he has the skills to unlock the best defences P to pro t b df It's a trait which has attracted the interest of Guardiola, who will embark on a clear out of his underperforming stars in the summer.

That has placed Grealish on his wanted list - although he won't be alone in making a bid.

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Date:Feb 9, 2020
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