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Ranking the five favourites to sign Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish’s future at Manchester City has been placed in doubt in recent months, with an injury-hit and underwhelming campaign having led to speculation over an exit.

There could be a shake-up at the Etihad this summer and, with Jeremy Doku signed as one for the long-term on the left flank, the Citizens could cash in on Grealish with a host of Premier League rivals credited with interest.

Grealish made just 10 league starts in 2023-24, contributing three goals and a single assist. Pep Guardiola has backed Grealish to ‘bounce back’ next season but after leaving the winger as an unused substitute during the FA Cup final defeat to Manchester United at the weekend, could a sale be imminent?

For those interested in the latest odds and new sports betting sites, we’ve looked at the five favourites to sign Jack Grealish this summer.

Any Saudi Pro League Club – 16/1

The Saudi Pro League has emerged as a big player in the transfer market across the last 12 months with a wealth of marquee names having headed to the Middle East in search of a new challenge and sizeable pay-day.

City sold Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez to Saudi sides last summer, bringing in £55m for the duo.

The Citizens will want to recoup as much as possible of their £100m investment in Grealish, a figure few clubs outside the financial elite could reach.

Newcastle – 12/1

Newcastle are regarded as fourth-favourites to sign Grealish, as Eddie Howe looks to kickstart a project that has taken a backwards step this season. After the high of a top-four finish and Champions League qualification in 2022-23, Newcastle ended last season seventh to miss out on European qualification.

The Magpies posted losses of £73million in 2022-23, but revenue from a first Champions League campaign in two decades should help balance the books and ease some financial concerns ahead of the transfer window.

Newcastle are expected to receive interest in Bruno Guimaraes, who has a £100m release clause, and Alexander Isak in the summer and the exit of either player could significantly boost the budget at St James’ Park.

Tottenham – 9/1

Tottenham are long-term admirers of Grealish, having famously failed to sign the winger in 2018.

Grealish even waved goodbye to the Villa fans with a deal all but done, only for new Villa owners Wes Edens and Naseef Sawiris to scupper his transfer away from the previously cash-strapped club.

Three years later, Grealish had helped Villa back into the Premier League and earned a £100m move to Manchester City, leaving Spurs – who bid £25m for his services – with a sense of what might have been.

Spurs could return for the 28-year-old this summer, however, if City indicate a willingness to do business. Ange Postecoglou has said he is keen to improve the club’s attacking options ahead of the new campaign.

Aston Villa – 5/1

Aston Villa have gone from strength to strength in the seasons since Grealish’s exit. The appointment of Unai Emery has proven transformative at Villa Park and culminated in Champions League qualification this season.

Grealish departed Villa in search of silverware and the biggest stage, so could the prospect of representing his boyhood club in the Champions League persuade him back?

It would be a feel-good story should the hometown hero return, as Villa prepared to compete alongside Europe’s elite for the first time since 1983.

Chelsea – 3/1

Chelsea are the 3/1 favourites to sign Grealish this summer and the prospect of signing the England international has been discussed internally at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea and Manchester City have a strong working relationship having conducted several transfer deals in recent windows, including Raheem Sterling and Cole Palmer’s moves to West London, and Mateo Kovacic heading in the opposite direction.

The Blues ended the season strongly to secure a place in Europe for next season but have an inexperienced squad. With the club’s wide options having also underwhelmed, a move for Grealish could make perfect sense. However, much will depend on who is appointed as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor.

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