A report has claimed that Manchester United still want to sign Jack Grealish after explaining why they missed out on him during the summer.
United will see Grealish in action when they take on the Aston Villa side he captains on New Years’ Day.
Had things turned out differently in the summer, Grealish could have been lining up for the other side. He was heavily linked with United during the last transfer window.
Instead, the midfielder signed a new contract at Villa Park. He has since started the season in fine form, registering five goals and six assists from 14 Premier League appearances.
With the way he has been playing, the England international will be on the radar of several top clubs again in 2021. For example, one report recently claimed Liverpool were monitoring his progress.
According to the Daily Mail, though, Man Utd are still keen on the 25-year-old. They are among a group of elite clubs eyeing him for a summer transfer.
The report confirms that Grealish did not move to United in the summer because they refused to meet his asking price. Villa wanted £65m to let their star player go.
Because they had already spent £40m on Donny van de Beek, United were not prepared to pay that fee.
They may come to see that as a missed opportunity, because Villa now rate Grealish in the £100m bracket. Nevertheless, United have not let their interest fade completely.
It is suggested that they could launch a pursuit of Villa’s number 10 in the summer. How far they will be ready to go this time remains to be seen.
Solskjaer believes Grealish has improved
Before they face off at Old Trafford, Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about Grealish.
While he did not speak in detail about whether he would like him in his squad, Solskjaer admitted he has been impressed with the playmaker’s growth this season.
“I don’t want to say too much about other teams’ players but of course he’s a player we know we have to look for,” he said.
“He’s a player for Aston Villa and England who has only improved.
“The goal he scored last season was a brilliant goal and we’ve faced him enough times to know it’s going to be a difficult game.”