MANCHESTER CITY are close to the capture of Aston Villa superstar Jack Grealish.
The Citizens will fork out £100million for the England midfielder – surpassing the £89m Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba in 2016.
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However, the new British transfer record could be dwarfed within a matter of weeks if City agree to meet Harry Kane's £150m valuation.
With a potential expenditure of £250m this summer – the Premier League champions will be looking to offload at least one first-team star.
City have already generated £34.9m through the sales of Angelino, Jack Harrison and Lukas Nmecha.
They've also significantly reduced their wage bill with Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia leaving for Barcelona on free transfers.
But another could leave the Etihad Stadium before the transfer window closes on September 3.
And bookmakers Betfair think Benjamin Mendy will be the most likely casualty at odds of 9/4.
Man City players to leave before September 3 – Betfair odds
- Benjamin Mendy – 9/4
- Oleksandr Zinchenko – 3/1
- Gabriel Jesus – 7/2
- Raheem Sterling – 8/1
- Riyad Mahrez – 9/1
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The left-back made 11 top-flight starts last season and often played second-fiddle to Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Zinchenko himself is next in the betting market at 3/1.
The Ukrainian international enjoyed an extended rest period courtesy of his heroics with his national team at Euro 2020.
But there have been reports that City are eyeing a swoop for Benfica full-back Alex Grimaldo, who's likely to cost around £20m.
Striker Gabriel Jesus is offered at 7/2 to end his four-year relationship with the club.
Juventus have shown interest in the Brazilian and the arrival of Kane could accelerate a move to Turin.
England hero Raheem Sterling is available at 8/1 to be sold in the next four weeks.
The 26-year-old after he endured a tough 2020-21 campaign having fallen down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola.
Algeria star Riyad Mahrez is last on the list at 9/1.
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