Arsenal have entered the race for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, but may be fighting a losing battle, according to reports.
Grealish has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United recently, after helping keep Villa in the Premier League.
The midfielder has been a standout player for his boyhood club in their first season back in the top flight. However, he has admitted he does not know if he will stay.
United have identified him as a potential target to bolster their midfield. However, having secured survival, Villa are holding out for a large fee if they do let their captain leave.
Reports recently indicated that the asking price was set at around £80m. And Sky Sports back up those claims – revealing that United are not alone in their interest.
According to Sky, Arsenal have been in contact to register their interest in Grealish. However, they are yet to follow up their initial enquiry.
With no Champions League football next season, Arsenal are working on a reduced budget. Therefore, they would find it difficult to meet Villa’s £80m asking price.
Several clubs are interested in dealing at around £50-60m, though – but Villa would not entertain such offers, given that he still has three years left on his contract.
Their high asking price also poses a problem for United. With the bulk of their summer transfer budget likely to be taken up by a bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, the Red Devils may struggle to spend big on Grealish as well.
Therefore, they are threatening to walk away from a deal for the 24-year-old.