Manchester United are reportedly ready to step up their bid to sign Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish after learning the playmaker’s exit fee.
The Villa skipper has been an outstanding presence for his side this season, despite their struggles in the Premier League, but is expected to be sold if they are relegated.
Grealish, who saw a proposed move to Tottenham collapse in the summer of 2018, has led Villa to Sunday’s Carabao final against Manchester City and is also expected to be named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for next month’s friendlies against Italy and Denmark.
The player himself recently commented on talk of a move away from his boyhood club, admitting it was flattering to be continually spoken of as a transfer target.
Despite the arrival of Bruno Fernandes in January, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still expected to move for another creative midfielder this summer – particularly given the continued doubts over Paul Pogba’s Old Trafford future.
Leicester’s James Maddison remains another option for United, but he could cost almost twice as much as Grealish and would mean Solskjaer having to cut costs on strengthening other areas of his team.
The report goes on to claim that Villa are prepared to let Grealish leave for a reasonable price and that the player has a release clause of just £45m which, for a player who has scored seven goals and laid on six assists this season, could be an absolute snip.
Meanwhile, Ed Woodward claims United will take the “same planned, disciplined approach” to transfers this summer after being linked with “111 players in January”.
United made three signings last month with youngster Nathan Bishop joining long-term target, £47million man Fernandes and deadline-day recruit Odion Ighalo.
The 30-year-old Ighalo arrived late on January 31 from Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua, but not before United had approached numerous other frontmen, including Bournemouth forward Josh King.
Still, executive vice-chairman Woodward, who said the club had been “linked in the media to 111 players in January”, claimed United’s business had been “planned and disciplined”. Read more…