Aston Villa’s classy gesture to fans following Jack Grealish sale
Jack Grealish signs for Manchester City
Last night, Manchester City announced the signing of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for a British-record fee.
We are delighted to announce the signing of @JackGrealish on a six-year deal.
Welcome to City, Jack! 💙
🔷 #ManCity | https://t.co/axa0klD5re pic.twitter.com/5Y3gMREmKL
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 5, 2021
The former-Villa man penned a six-year deal in the Northwest of England, reportedly worth 370,000 pounds per week, and has taken the number ten shirt at the Etihad stadium.
Per this @TelegraphDucker story on the Grealish deal, he has signed a 6-year deal worth £115m (in wages), which, at £369,231 per WEEK, would make him the highest paid footballer in the history of English football.
(Apart from, maybe, De Bruyne, unconfirmed)
— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) August 5, 2021
The transfer, confirmed by Villa to be worth 100 million pounds as per Grealish’s release clause, makes Grealish both the most expensive English transfer in history, and the most expensive Premier League signing (overtaking Harry Maguire and Paul Pogba respectively).
Aston Villa’s classy gesture
The Villains have already moved to replace Grealish, signing Emi Buendia, Leon Bailey and Danny Ings to help make up for the loss of their talisman. The transfer strategy was refreshingly clearly outlined by Christian Purslow, the Aston Villa CEO, in a statement to the fans yesterday evening.
Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow updated supporters this evening on the circumstances surrounding the departure of Jack Grealish.
Here is his broadcast on VillaTV. pic.twitter.com/7wqh5Vs64R
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) August 5, 2021
Villa have also offered the opportunity for anyone who bought a Jack Grealish shirt for the upcoming season to exchange it for a different shirt.
Aston Villa would like to offer the opportunity of a shirt exchange to those supporters who purchased this season’s shirt printed with Jack Grealish’s name and number on the back.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) August 6, 2021
Villa fans were understandably hurt by the deal, with Grealish having been at the midlands outfit for 19 years. However, the gesture by the club, and the progression that Villa appear to be making this summer, should provide hope for the fanbase.
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