Ed Woodward is reportedly working hard on a second Manchester United transfer, as the chase for Jadon Sancho drags on.
The Red Devils are doing their utmost to convince Borussia Dortmund to lower their £115million valuation of Sancho. But Woodward is said to have a second deal in the pipeline.
According to Sky Sports, as cited by the Daily Express, the United transfer supremo is still working on other targets.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on bolstering his attacking ranks to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City.
And Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish has been identified as the player to help them bridge that gap.
The report adds that talks with Sancho are expected to rumble on late into the summer. With United and Dortmund currently some way off in terms of the fee.
But Sky adds that Woodward is working in the background to get a deal for Grealish over the line.
However, the 24-year-old will not be guaranteed a starting spot at Old Trafford – particularly if Paul Pogba stays.
It is claimed, however, that United feel Grealish will be a ‘fantastic and cheaper rotation option’.
Villa face the prospect of dropping back down to the Championship. They currently sit 18th in the Premier League table, one point from safety.
And if Dean Smith’s side do not avoid relegation, it is highly unlikely their best player will stay.
That would open the door for United to try and get a deal over the line, giving Solskjaer another attacking weapon to use.
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Graeme Souness has questioned whether Jack Grealish has the right work-rate to succeed at a top club.
Grealish has been one of the few bright sparks for Aston Villa on their return to the Premier League this season. The 24-year-old has provided seven goals and six assists in the league, but Villa are in the relegation zone with just five games left.
But speaking after Villa’s loss to Liverpool on Sunday, Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness has cast doubt on Grealish’s ability to reach the top. Read more…