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The 25-year-old sealed a £100 million move to the Etihad earlier this week and he's the most expensive player in the history of English football.
It has been reported that Villa attempted to delay the transfer by opening a dialogue with other clubs.
According to The Athletic, the two clubs who were contacted are Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Ready for the next chapter! So proud to have joined the Premier League champions, can't wait to get started! :blue_heart: pic.twitter.com/snoKdNQSpT
- Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) August 5, 2021
United had been linked with Grealish last summer and would've been willing to make a fresh move in 2022.
But the signing of Jadon Sancho means the Red Devils could only offer a swap deal rather than cash.
In the case of Madrid, the Spanish giants are in no financial position to make a move and again would've required some kind of swap.
Villa are said to be worried by City's dominance in the Premier League thanks to their massive transfer budget.
Grealish is also the fourth Villa star to have joined City in the last 12 years after Gareth Barry in 2009, James Milner in 2010 and Fabian Delph in 2015.
Villa were able to stall the transfer as City were unaware of the £100 million release clause in Grealish's contract, with the clause set to expire this weekend.
Dean Smith went about replacing the England international with Leon Bailey, Emi Buendia and Danny Ings respectively.
City take on Leicester in the Community Shield later this evening and manager Pep Guardiola has stressed Grealish isn't ready to start yet.
"He's not ready to start at all," Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference.
First training session :white_check_mark: Thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome :soccer: pic.twitter.com/Jfh6mUZbjk
- Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) August 6, 2021
"He was one week training alone, but he'll travel with us tomorrow to settle in the team and with meetings.
"He'll be on the bench. After, we will see what happens, but in the beginning? No way."
City are still hoping to sign Harry Kane before the transfer window slams shut.
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