Jack Grealish is the subject of two huge offers with both Manchester City and Aston Villa offering huge financial incentives to ensure his signature for next season.
Premier League champions City have tabled a £100million offer for the playmaker – a deal which would eclipse the record transfer paid by an English club, currently the £89million Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba five years ago.
Villa are intent on tying down their star player to a new contract which would make the 25-year-old the highest paid player in the club’s history £200,000 weekly salary, according to the Daily Star.
The club’s owners – American Wes Edens and Egyptian tycoon Nassef Sawiris – are said to be the driving force behind the contract offer in an attempt to keep him at Villa Park.
Speculation over the England star’s future is being to intensify with news of City’s £100million approach for the player on Friday.
While Villa would be willing to sanction £200,000 per week on the player, City’s offer is likely to be even more financially attractive and they could double his current weekly salary of £130,000.
The club would be willing to make Grealish their third highest earner and in the bracket just behind Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling – putting him in the bracket of one of the league’s highest earners.
That would be far in excess of City’s previous record transfer – the £62million plus £3million in add-ons paid to Benfica for Ruben Dias last year – and would be the highest ever paid by an English club.
Pep Guardiola is said to be prioritising a deal for Grealish as he seeks to shake up his attacking options for next season and the club’s ownership have sanctioned the lavish offer.
Grealish is a boyhood Villa fan and he has been at the club since he was aged eight but the club are now facing an uphill battle to retain their star.
The playmaker is understandably keen to win trophies and City would offer a near guarantee on that, having landed three of the past four Premier League titles and each of the last four EFL Cup competitions.
PHOTOS: Buhari receives no. 10 Jersey as FIFA President, Gianni Infantino visits Aso Rock
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday received the FIFA President, Mr Gianni Infantino, and CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe in State House, Abuja.
During the courtesy visit, the FIFA president presented a number 10 jersey and a football to President Buhari.
The No. 10 jersey is regarded as an iconic number in football and is usually worn by players believed to be skillful and have a great impact on a team.
According to a Facebook post by Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, Sports Minister, Sunday Dare was also in attendance during the presentation.
FIFA Rankings: Nigeria maintain position as Belgium, Brazil, England occupy top 10 [Full list]
Nigeria’s Super Eagles maintained 34th position in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola world ranking that was released on Thursday.
The ranking was published on the world football governing body’s official website.
In Africa, Nigeria maintains its number five position.
Senegal is Africa’s highest-ranked team as they are in 20th place, Tunisia are in 25th, while Algeria are 30th and Morocco in 33rd position.
Guinea-Bissau moved up as they climbed to 105th, while Egypt and Sudan, dropped to 48th and 127th spots respectively.
Liberia rose to 144th, Cape Verde remained at 77th and the Central African Republic dropped to 124th.
Meanwhile, the top ten countries in the world are Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Italy, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Mexico and Denmark.
The next FIFA world ranking will be released on 21 October, 2021
Liverpool 3-2 AC Milan: Jordan Henderson’s stunner seals comeback win
Liverpool opened their Champions League campaign with an instant classic as Jordan Henderson’s stunning strike secured three points against AC Milan.
It was a memorable night at Anfield as the Reds sealed a 3-2 comeback victory over the Italians.
Trent Alexander-Arnold helped fire the Reds in front as his deflected effort, which went down as a Fikayo Tomori own goal, gave them a well-deserved lead.
But after Mohamed Salah failed to convert a spot-kick to double their advantage, the Serie A side were somehow in the lead at halftime after a quickfire double from Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz.
Salah then redeemed himself by bringing the hosts level just after the break, before Henderson’s screamer put the Reds back on top to seal the win.
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