Manchester City will use the potential monies earned from Leroy Sane’s departure to launch a move for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, according to a report.
Sane will leave City this summer or next after rejecting a new deal at the Etihad on “two or three” occasions, according to Pep Guardiola.
The German has received heavy interest from Bayern Munich, who made their interest public last summer.
Indeed, Bayern remain keen and Sane has reportedly made it clear he wants a move to the Bundesliga champions.
According to The Telegraph, the Bavarians believe Sane is worth £35million. But City will demand much more and are confident Bayern will not back away.
Should both parties agree a deal, City will use the money to target a move for Grealish, whose future is uncertain.
City reportedly want the Englishman to replace David Silva, with Guardiola looking for fresh creativity in midfield.
What’s more, they will muscle in on Manchester United‘s chase for Grealish.
The midfielder is reportedly one of United’s top targets and the two clubs opened negotiations in February.
However, those talks have halted due to the pandemic.
In any case, the newspaper adds that Grealish will not be short of bids when the transfer window re-opens.
And while Villa reportedly want £80million for their captain, relegation could test their financial resolve.
Dean Smith’s side sit inside the Premier League’s relegation zone on goal difference, with six games to go.
The Telegraph adds a previous quote from Guardiola, who described Grealish as “one of the best players in the league” before the EFL Cup final earlier this season.
MAN UTD TOLD TO SIGN SANE
In other news, ex-United striker Dwight Yorke believes United should go after Sane in the coming months.
Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is reportedly Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top attacking target.
But Yorke thinks Solskjaer should be “brave” and gamble on a move for the City winger instead.