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Chelsea to rival Manchester City for Villa’s Jack Grealish

Unsurprisingly, Thomas Tuchel’s Blues have signaled their “concrete interest” in signing England star Jack Grealish despite stiff competition from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, according to a report in England.

Football Insider reports that Chelsea are looking to seriously compete with the defending Premier League champions to sign the iconic Aston Villa skipper and talisman, with the same article stating that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made it clear that he is willing to dig deep in the kitty to sign Grealish and other big-name players this summer.

The report continues to say that Manchester City, despite having immensely deep pockets themselves, are likely to feel threatened by the south west London side’s interest given that Chelsea have huge resources to call upon.

Apparently Aston Villa are now bracing themselves for Grealish’s departure in the 2021 summer transfer window given that the Birmingham side have already completed a club-record deal for up-and-coming Norwich City midfielder, Emiliano Buendia.

News is also forthcoming that Aston Villa are chasing Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse and Arsenal playmaker Emile Smith-Rowe as possible replacements for Grealish.

The Villa skipper laid on an assist for Raheem Sterling’s winner in England’s 1-0 win over the Czech Republic in their final Euro 2020 group-stage fixture on Tuesday night.