Manchester City on Thursday signed England midfielder Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for a British record £100 million.
The 25-year-old joins the Premier League champions on a six-year contract and will wear the number 10 shirt recently vacated by Sergio Aguero.
The fee surpasses the £89 million Manchester United paid to re-sign midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus in 2016.
“I am incredibly happy to have joined Manchester City. 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,” said Grealish.
The move makes Grealish the ninth most expensive footballer in history.
He could make his debut for Pep Guardiola‘s side in Saturday’s Community Shield against Leicester City at Wembley.
Having graduated from Villa’s youth academy, Grealish has spent his entire career at the club he supported as a boy, apart from a loan spell at Notts County in the 2013-14 season.
He has made 213 appearances for Villa since his debut in 2014, scoring 32 goals and laying on 43 assists.
Grealish, who had four years remaining on his Villa contract, scored six times in the league last season and provided 10 assists.