The long-awaited announcement is imminent: Jack Grealish will complete a transfer to Manchester City. Grealish’s reported $140 million price tag makes him one of the most expensive English players ever.
The biggest deal in English football is effectively done. Jack Grealish is on his way to Manchester, ahead of a medical tomorrow morning. Everything else is completed, he will now become the first £100m English player.— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) August 4, 2021
Jack Grealish is on his way to Manchester and will complete a medical at City tomorrow morning ahead of a £100M/$140M transfer, reports @DominicKing_DMGrealish will become the most expensive English player ever pic.twitter.com/qlh2SG8Lw2
— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 4, 2021
Jack Grealish to Manchester City, here we go! Paperworks signed tonight between Aston Villa and City. £100m final fee, contract also signed until June 2026. #MCFCGrealish will undergo his medical in Manchester on Thursday morning in order to complete the record-deal. pic.twitter.com/JwVvEn5Ewl
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 4, 2021
Calf boy is moving on to the big time after spending nearly his entire life with Aston Villa. Grealish first joined the Villa ranks at 6 years old and has been with the club through thick and thin.
Pep Guardiola will have a hell of a time picking his starting XI with the likes of Grealish, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Ferran Torres and others at his disposal.
Manchester City will have a roster for the ages next season and could still knab Harry Kane, too. Kane joining the ranks could see City make two of the most expensive transfers for an English player in the same summer window.
As things stand now, Grealish is the most expensive English player in history. Here’s a look at the top 10 most expensive English players of all-time. (All stats come courtesy Transfermarkt.)
Most Expensive English Players Ever
10. Andy Carroll: $45.10 million (Newcastle to Liverpool, 2011)
9. Ben Chillwell: $55.22 million (Leicester City to Chelsea, 2020)
8. Kyle Walker: $57.97 million (Tottenham to Manchester City, 2017)
7. Aaron Wan-Bissaka: $60.50 million (Crystal Palace to Manchester United, 2019)
6. John Stones: $61.16 million (Everton to Manchester City, 2016)
5. Ben White: $64.35 million (Brighton to Arsenal, 2021)
4. Raheem Sterling: $70.07 million (Liverpool to Manchester City, 2015)
3. Jadon Sancho: $93.50 million (Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United, 2021)
2. Harry Maguire: $95.70 million (Leicester City to Manchester United, 2019)
1. Jack Grealish: $140 million (Aston Villa to Manchester City, 2021)*
*The official number hasn’t been released on Transfermarkt and is an estimate.
What we can conclude from this list is that the two Manchester clubs love their Englishman.