By Danny Mills

5th Jul, 2021 | 9:00pm

Mills: 'Clever tactic' may force Aston Villa to sell Grealish to Man City after friends reveal

Danny Mills has claimed Manchester City’s “really clever tactic” could force Aston Villa into selling Jack Grealish.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-City and England defender suggested the club’s pursuit of Harry Kane and Grealish may force Villa into agreeing a deal.

The Athletic reported on 22 June the Premier League champions have had a £100million bid rejected for Kane.

The same outlet reported three days later they are preparing a bid for Grealish, who, Football Insider has learned, has told friends he is interested in a move to Etihad Stadium.

“You look at the way Pep wants to play, give Jack Grealish the ball and he will keep it,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“He 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.

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“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.

“Are Man City 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.’

“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 Man City.”

In other news, Aston Villa are in pole position to sign a 23-year-old after talks held.