Jack Grealish will likely pick from three suitors this summer after one pundit warned Manchester United they are unlikely to be alone in their efforts to sign the talismanic Aston Villa captain.
Grealish has scored nine goals and eight assists in the Premier League this term and has often been the source of his side’s goals throughout the campaign.
The 24-year-old has long been linked with United, with reports suggesting that Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has placed him high on his list of summer targets as he looks to sign the player and form a dream attacking midfield partnership with Bruno Fernandes.
Grealish soured his reputation with some plain crazy antics last week as he first crashed his Range Rover and then was then subsquently fined by Villa after it emerged he had broken government rules on lockdown.
However, United’s desire to sign Grealish is likely to remain undiminished, with Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher outlining exactly why he’s being linked with a move to Old Trafford in this wholesome appraisal of his talents.
However, Darren Bent doesn’t think United will be the only suitors for Grealish this summer – and believes at least two other Premier League sides will be in the running to sign the midfielder when the market reopens.
“I think Jack Grealish has got his sights set on three teams,” the former Tottenhan, Villa and Sunderland striker told Football Insider.
“I would say probably Manchester United, Manchester City, and potentially maybe Spurs.
“I think they’re the three that are looking at him, and he’s eyeing them thinking “I’d like to go to one of them”.
“I’d probably put Man United at the very, very top of that. If that doesn’t happen and Villa go down, you never know, but for me, he’s got his eye on them.”
Plenty has been written and said about United’s desire to sign Grealish and one of the club’s former defenders in Wes Brown this week named the Villa star as one of his three ‘dream signings’ for the Red Devils this summer.
Speaking to MUTV, Brown explained that while Jadon Sancho would be his number one target, Grealish and James Maddison both have attributes that would take Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
“I would have all three! Any one of those three would be great,” the former defender said. “Jadon Sancho would probably be No 1.
“But James Maddison looks fit and ready and determined and would also be a great asset for the club.
“Jack Grealish is an individual that gets things done, takes control of the game and has his own style. Any one of those three would be perfect I think.”
Many football clubs are set to feel the effect of a lack of football but Solskjaer has explained that United should use their financial prowess to “exploit” such a situation.
He said: “Then, the market, who knows how the market is going to react to this? Who knows which clubs need to sell players?
“There might be just a situation there where you can exploit, and I know that we at Man United we are one of the biggest, and the biggest, financially well-off.
“I’m sure we are capable, when we get back to normality, that we can do the business that we want to.”