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Jack Grealish has become the most expensive player in British football history after completing his £100million transfer to Manchester City.
The England international's switch from Aston Villa has been officially confirmed after swift negotiations in recent weeks with Grealish putting pen to paper on a six-year deal.
Grealish has been keen on a move to City since the end of last season and Etihad chiefs were always prepared to have a big-spending summer after losing the Champions League final last year.
“I am incredibly happy to have joined Manchester City,” Grealish said.
“City are the best team in the country with a manager considered to be the best in the world – it’s a dream come true to be part of this club.
“Over the past 10 seasons, they have won major trophies consistently. Pep coming here has taken them to the next level and the football this team plays is the most exciting in Europe. To play for Pep and learn from him is going to be special and it’s something any top footballer would want.
“The facilities are amazing, and I honestly can’t wait to get started, meet everyone and get playing.”
The 25-year-old will meet up with his new City team-mates immediately after returning from holiday with his girlfriend.
City and Villa came to a swift agreement on the £100million fee – and how much of the money was to be paid up front.
Villa has hoped for the bulk of the money immediately, whereas City would have preferred instalments, but were still insistent to get the deal done without fuss.
Grealish will earn £300,000-a-week with his new contract, making him one of the highest-paid footballers in the world, despite having never played in European competition in club football.
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It means City will end up spending around £172million on the deal once wages have been considered.
City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak made it clear at the end of last season he would be aggressive in this summer's transfer market, as he looks to make his club the most powerful force in domestic and European football.
Al-Mubarak decided to focus his attentions on Grealish after hitting a brick wall in his attempts to sign England captain Harry Kane, with Tottenham holding out for £150m.
City's Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to welcome Jack Grealish to Manchester City. He is an incredible talent.
“Jack’s development over the past few seasons both for club and country has been plain for everybody to see. His natural talent together with his commitment to improve as a player, has seen him become one of the most exciting attacking players in world football today.
“I am certain that the fans are going to love seeing him in our team. Pep loves the way he plays, and we all feel he is an ideal fit for Manchester City. Our style and his style are a perfect match. I’m excited to watch him over the coming years.”
City met Aston Villa's asking price last week to get the ball rolling and waited for Grealish to tell Villa he wanted to leave for the Etihad when he returned to pre-season training on Monday.
Villa have thrown the kitchen sink at Grealish in a bid to keep him, including the offer of a new deal worth £200,000-a-week that would have smashed the club's pay ceiling.
But Grealish has found it impossible to turn down the chance to challenge for major trophies under Guardiola, as well as playing alongside the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.
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