Manchester City have reportedly received a boost in their efforts to sign Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.
The England international penned a new long-term contract at the West Midlands outfit earlier in the season, a development which seemingly put his club in a stronger position regarding his future.
However, according to Football Insider, the playmaker insisted on a release clause being inserted in his fresh deal at Villa Park.
The report claims that City will now consider activating that option during the next transfer window.
The 25-year-old has contributed six goals and 10 assists from his 22 appearances in the Premier League this season.