Jack Grealish was supplied to Actual Madrid and Manchester United earlier than Aston Villa offered him to Manchester City, stories declare.
The England star turned the costliest British participant in historical past by becoming a member of the Premier League champions for £100m on the finish of final week.
In accordance with The Athletic, Villa known as Actual and United on the final second to ask in the event that they had been inquisitive about a deal for the playmaker.
This was reportedly as a result of issues about City’s monetary energy ruining the competitors.
Grealish had lengthy been linked to City’s native rivals prior to now, with United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated to be an admirer of the 25-year-old.
Pep Guardiola, nonetheless, has additionally been a long-time followers of the participant’s expertise and admitted he was elated to get his man earlier this week.
Requested when he first thought he want to signal him, the Spaniard stated at a press convention: “Years in the past, after I noticed him for the primary time – however then it wasn’t doable. You have got the squad and we needed to put money into different components as these components had been weaker.
“However particularly after I noticed him on TV. I stated, ‘That man controls the tempo’.
“I like when he has the ball. He stops earlier than the dribble and all of the opponents cease as effectively. He controls the tempo and rhythm when he accelerates and decelerates the motion.
“Then particularly after I performed towards him – the physicality, the particular mentality of how he fought towards the opponents, towards our gamers, he stated, ‘I’m right here’.
“I preferred many issues that we noticed and that’s why we tried.”
Grealish was named on the bench for City within the Group Protect conflict with Leicester on Saturday and got here on throughout the second half sporting his no.10 shirt.
He didn’t discover out his shirt quantity till he noticed it hanging on his peg for the primary time within the altering room.
Wanting genuinely shocked as he filmed a behind the scenes second for the membership’s YouTube channel, he stated to somebody off digicam: “That’s made my yr.”