Pep Guardiola is keen for Manchester City to sign Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish alongside Harry Kane this summer, according to reports.
The Premier League champions have made the Tottenham striker their top target as they look to bring in a replacement for Sergio Aguero, who has joined Barcelona on a free transfer.
But according to ESPN, Guardiola views the signing of Grealish as the same importance as Kane, while City believe they can secure a deal for Villa’s £100m-rated captain.
The report also claims that City have also been given encouragement that a deal for Grealish is possible this summer due to Villa’s £33m move to sign Norwich City midfielder Emiliano Buendia.
It’s also claimed that Guardiola views Grealish as an ideal long-term partner for Phil Foden in City’s attacking midfield.
Grealish signed a new contract with Villa last year which keeps him tied to the club until 2025.
But the England international has attracted interest from both City and Manchester United ahead of the summer transfer window.
According to reports last month, United’s players have been privately urging Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to sign Grealish ahead of the club’s top target Jadon Sancho.
Solskjaer, however, is keen to bring Sancho to Old Trafford to strengthen United’s options on the right flank.
Grealish, meanwhile, has made it clear that he would relish the prospect of lining up alongside Kevin De Bruyne at City.
‘Kevin De Bruyne is my favourite player,’ Grealish said in an interview with UMM.
‘He’s probably the most perfect footballer in the Premier League. I just try to take little bits out of his game.’