Aston Villa Preparing To Sign United Academy Graduate On Permanent Deal

Aston Villa's John McGinn celebrates scoring their second goal with Jack Grealish and team mates.

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Aston Villa continue to make strides in the transfer market despite willing to let Jack Grealish leave.

Pep Guardiola is keen on signing Grealish, submitting a £100m bid last week for the Villa captain. As Sky Sports suggests, Dean Smith’s men are ready to accept Man City’s record-breaking proposal.

Losing their best player for most clubs would usually paint a bleak picture on their transfer window. However, Villa are having a pretty good summer on the transfer front.

They’ve already managed beat Arsenal for the signature of Emi Buendia, while also agreeing a deal with Bayer Leverkusen for Leon Bailey’s services. Although both attackers – on paper at least – are good enough to compensate for the imminent loss of Grealish’s creativity, it seems their business is far from done.

According to the Telegraph, the Birmingham-based club are also preparing to sign Axel Tuanzebe and Tammy Abraham. Both players have previously had loan spells at Villa Park.

Manchester United would prefer to allow Tuanzebe leave on another loan following the arrival of Raphael Varane, but will reportedly consider offers for their academy graduate due to his contract running down in less than a year. However, they do hold an option to extend it until 2023.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are open to selling Abraham for £40 million, as Thomas Tuchel tries to bring in a new striker to challenge City for the Premier League title.

The Champions League winners are determined to bring Romelu Lukaku, who incidentally shared the dressing room with Tuanzebe at United, back to Stamford Bridge.