Man City have opened talks with Aston Villa to sign Jack Grealish, according to reports.
The England winger has been heavily linked with a big-money move to the Etihad in recent months.
In an update on his future, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano wrote on Twitter: “Manchester City are now in direct contact with Aston Villa for Jack Grealish.
“Negotiations ongoing to reach an agreement – not gonna take long, decision to be made in the next days.
“Aston Villa have already offered Grealish a new contract. They hope to keep him.”
Grealish scored six goals and registered 10 assists as Aston Villa finished 11th in the Premier League last season.
He has four years left on his contract meaning Villa are in a strong position to demand a huge fee, which could be close to £100million, from City.
Earlier this week, Arsenal legend insisted it will be a ‘real statement’ from Villa if they are able to keep Grealish amid interest from the Premier League champions.
He told talkSPORT: “It will be interesting to see what happens as he’s got a long contract at Aston Villa.
“Aston Villa don’t have to sell; it’s a real statement if they don’t sell Jack Grealish and say we’re trying to break into that top six as well.
“They will want to try and attract players in because they’ve got Jack Grealish, so big decisions have to be made.
“I don’t think they’ll be taking £75m, I think they’ll be holding out [for more].
“When you’re doing transfer fees it’s like a game of poker. It’s like Harry Kane at the moment; Daniel Levy might be holding out for £150m, Man City offer £100m and it’s can we meet in the middle usually.
“Most owners and chairmans will be trying to haggle. It will be a situation where someone will give in, whether it will be the club paying more money and so forth.
“I think Aston Villa are in a much better position because obviously he’s on a huge contract, and so are Spurs because Harry Kane’s on a three-year contract.”