The position change Pep Guardiola has in mind for Jack Grealish

Pep Guardiola is expected to change up the position of Jack Grealish, who’s expected to make the transfer to Man City.

Rumours have been circulating for some time over the future of Grealish, but this summer window has seen the link between him and a move to the Eithad hot up.

Widespread reports have surfaced claiming that the Aston Villa playmaker has arrived in the northwest to finalise his switch from his boyhood club, with a reported £100m being the fee in which the Citizens have clinched the deal.

The Athletic – who have been one of the closet outlets to the deal – have said that Guardiola sees Grealish in a more cenrtralised role than the one he had at Villa Park.

Their report reads: “Sources close to City manager Pep Guardiola indicate that Grealish will feature as a No 8, rather than as a left-winger as he has done at Villa in recent seasons.

“It’s thought that Grealish prefers playing centrally and that he will be rotated with Ilkay Gundogan in City’s midfield.”

Guardiola’s words

The move comes after Guardiola saying in spring that City would not be able to afford strikers owing to the pandemic.

He said in April: “There are a lot of big chances that maybe we are not going to sign a striker for next season.

“We have enough players in the first team – and interesting players – with the world economics that we will not sign a striker for next season.

“With these prices it’s impossible – we cannot afford it. That’s not going to happen. All the clubs struggle financially and we are not an exception.”

Guardiola made the comments just days after Sergio Aguero announced he would be leaving the club at the end of the season.

He subsequently signed for Barcelona in May, with the contract beginning upon the expiry of his City deal in June.

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