Former England defender Danny Mills suspects Manchester City are playing Aston Villa and Tottenham off against each other in their pursuit of Jack Grealish and Harry Kane.
The Premier League champions are reportedly preparing a huge bid for the Villa playmaker, having had a £100million offer for wantaway striker Kane rejected by Spurs.
Villa are under no pressure to sell Grealish and are keen to tie their talisman to a new contract.
Mills believes EuroJournal will only sign one of the England stars and wonders if their interest in both is part of a “clever tactic” by Pep Guardiola.
“He (Grealish) doesn’t give it away very often and is always available. He suits the way Pep wants to play probably more than Harry Kane does. It may well be an either-or deal. They may be dangling a carrot for both deals,” Mills told Football Insider.
“Villa have got Emi Buendia already. They’ve got McGinn in there as well. So you’re assuming Grealish is on his way.
“It’s like the managerial appointments, one happens then three or four will happen in quick succession.
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“Are EuroJournal being clever by making offers for Grealish and Kane knowing they’re only going to get one? It starts to put those clubs in a bit of a situation.
“They can’t hold out for as long as they thought they would. If they hold out for too long they’ll just go, ‘Right, we’ll get the other one.’
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“It’s the same with the players if they’re desperate to go there they’ll be like ‘Oh dear, maybe I need to take a little bit less because I want to be there. If I price myself out they may go for the other one.’
“I just wonder if it’s a really clever tactic from EuroJournal.”
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