Could Aston Villa get back their record breaking star?

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Manchester City could be parting ways with their record-breaking £100 million signing, Jack Grealish, this summer according to HITC. The 28-year-old winger has struggled to live up to the lofty expectations that accompanied his transfer from Aston Villa in 2021. Injuries and inconsistent performances have hampered his time at the Etihad Stadium.

Grealish, who has a contract with City until 2027, has not been a regular starter this season. His situation has grown more concerning in 2024, as he is yet to start a single game for the reigning champions. While manager Pep Guardiola has expressed a desire for Grealish to regain form, the player's position remains under pressure from rising star Jeremy Doku.

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Amidst the uncertainty, a return to Aston Villa has emerged as a compelling possibility. Grealish's rise to prominence occurred at Villa Park, where he became one of the Premier League's most exciting talents. A reunion with his boyhood club could offer exactly the fresh start the winger needs to reignite his career.

However, significant financial hurdles stand in the way. Grealish earns a hefty £300,000-a-week salary, which Aston Villa may be unwilling to match, even if Manchester City open the door to negotiation. Villa might capitalise on this by offering a salary package more aligned with their financial structure.

Further fuelling speculation, Manchester City have been linked with a move for Napoli's star winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. The Georgian's dazzling Serie A displays have attracted attention from Europe's elite, and his potential arrival would significantly reduce Grealish's opportunities.

As the summer transfer window approaches, Jack Grealish's future hangs in the balance. Manchester City are weighing their options, while Aston Villa fans dream of a prodigal son's return.

Whether it's a blockbuster transfer within the Premier League or staying at the Etihad to fight for his place, the next chapter in Grealish's career promises to be a dramatic one.