Aston Villa in fight to keep Grealish, Ward-Prowse bid rejected, Tuanzebe latest

Aston Villa are in a desperate battle to prevent Jack Grealish from moving to Manchester City.

Villa have been fairly active in the transfer window so far, with Dean Smith bringing in and moving on a number of players.

Last month, Ashley Young joined from Inter on a free, while Emiliano Buendia arrived from Norwich for a fee of £33million.

A number of players have also departed the club though, including Tom Heaton and Mbwana Samatta, who moved to Manchester United and Fenerbahce respectively.

And there’s plenty more transfer gossip coming out of Aston Villa with Daily Star Sport here to round-up the best bits…

City make £100million offer for Grealish

Jack Grealish's potential move to Manchester City looks to be alive after the Premier League champions have opened talks with Villa about a proposed transfer.

The offer is rumoured to be £100million – which would make Grealish the most expensive transfer in Premier League history.

Pep Guardiola is hoping to have the deal complete in time for their Community shield fixture with Leicester on August 7.

Meanwhile, Villa are reportedly set to restart talks with the England midfielder about a potential new contract.

The 25-year-old currently earns around £160,000 a week, but Villa are reportedly set to offer a £40,000-per-week raise to try and keep him from City's clutches.

Grealish, 25, is a lifelong Villa fan who has been at the club since he was just six years old.

Saints snub offer for Ward-Prowse

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Villa have had a £25million bid for Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse rejected on Friday.

The offer was seen as far below the expectations of the Saints, and the clubs are nowhere near close to a deal at present.

It seems unlikely that the Saints would sell their captain to a Premier League rival without a direct midfield replacement lined up.

Ward-Prowse signed a new contract with the club last summer which would see him stay at Southampton until 2025.

On signing the new deal said: “I think everybody knows it's a club that's very close to my heart."

But a move to Villa could prove attractive to the 26-year-old, who was part of Gareth Southgate’s 33-man provisional squad for Euro 2020, although he did not make the final cut.

Newcastle winning race for Tuanzebe

Meanwhile, Villa look like they are going to lose out on the race to sign Axel Tuanzebe on loan from Manchester United.

The 23-year-old has already had two loan spells at Villa already, including a season-long loan during the 2018-19 campaign.

Tuanzebe had been linked with a move back to Villa, after Manchester United agreed a deal to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.

However, Tuanzebe now looks set to work under Steve Bruce again – the man who brought him to Villa originally.

Speaking about his future in June, Tuanzebe said: “Being 23 now, I want to be playing week in, week out.

“I’ve had a taste of it, being at Villa. I enjoyed it. That’s something I wanted to replicate here. I haven’t had the run of games that I’ve hoped for, but, next season, I’ll definitely be playing football.

“When I was on loan, the pressure was obviously different. Not to say that Villa aren’t a big club, but you know, Man United are top of the top and the fans expect something. Even ourselves, we expect performances week in, week out, we expect wins week in, week out – no matter who the opponent is.

“You just need to understand that and take it from there really.”

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