Paul Ince has told Manchester United that they need to prioritise other targets over Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish this summer.
With nine goals and eight assists in all competitions, Grealish has been the biggest shining light of a disappointing campaign at Villa Park -with United reportedly ready to spend up to £70m to complete a deal.
But Ince believes his former side have a more urgent need to bring in a defensive midfielder instead.
He told the Daily Star: “Do I see him as a United player? Well, I could also see him at Manchester City or Liverpool. Tottenham also wanted him not so long ago.
“There will be plenty of suitors for Grealish. We’re all saying United, but he’d fit in with any team in the top five.
“But all this talk of creative players, you’ve got to be careful about getting the balance – you still need a defensive block.
“They need someone who can cover space – like an N’Golo Kante or Roy Keane. Look at what (Jurgen) Klopp has done with Liverpool, he’s got things in perfect harmony.
“That’s what Solskjaer is now trying to do. You always need that defensive element in there. I’m just happy United are now in the market for these types of players again.
“But will they challenge next season? I’m still not sure.”
Meanwhile, Thomas Partey has told Atletico Madrid he wants to leave this summer and that his preference is to sign for Manchester United, claims an journalist who specialises in African transfers.
The 26-year-old Ghanaian international recently caught the eye of English viewers with a robust and classy display at Anfield as Atletico stunned holders Liverpool with a 3-2 win in the second leg to advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
He’s become a key man for Diego Simeone’s side and his impressive performance against Jurgen Klopp’s men has again put some of Europe’s big clubs on alert.
But it’s Arsenal who appear to be leading the race according to a report last week.
Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claimed that Arsenal have ‘€50m on the table’ for Partey, who is now ‘one step away’ from a move to the Emirates.
However, well-respected Accra-based journalist Saddick Adams, who specialises in African football, believes the Arsenal rumours are something of a smokescreen and he understands the midfielder would, in fact, prefer a transfer to fellow suitors Manchester United. Read more…