Danny Mills has claimed Manchester City’s “really smart tactics” could force Aston Villa to sell Jack Grealish.
Addressed exclusively to Football initiate, the former City and England defender has suggested that the club’s pursuit of Harry Kane and Grealish could force Villa to strike a deal.
Athletic reported on June 22 that the Premier League champions had rejected a £ 100million offer for Kane.
The same outlet reported three days later that they were making an offer for Grealish, who, Football initiate learned, told friends he was interested in a move to Etihad Stadium.
“You look at the way Pep wants to play, give the ball to Jack Grealish and he will keep it” Mills says Football initiate correspondent Connor Whitley.
“He doesn’t give it out very often and is always available. It suits the way Pep probably wants to play more than Harry Kane. It could well be a deal. They can swing a carrot for both deals.
“Villa already has Emi Buendia. They also have McGinn in there. So you assume Grealish is on his way.
“It’s like managerial appointments, one occurs and then three or four will follow quickly.
“Are Man City smart in making offers for Grealish and Kane knowing they will only get one?” It’s starting to put these clubs in a bit of a tough spot.
“They can’t last as long as they thought they would. If they last too long, they’ll just say, ‘Okay, we’ll have the other one.’
“It’s the same with the players if they are desperate to go they’ll say ‘Oh my God, maybe I need to take a little less because I want to be there. If I sell myself, they can choose the other.
“I just wonder if this is a really smart Man City tactic.”
In other news, Aston Villa are on pole position to sign a 23-year-old after talks.