Manchester United are reportedly ready to go all out for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish after ditching their interest in James Maddison.
The Red Devils have had a difficult campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so far, currently sitting seventh in the Premier League table – six points off the Champions League places.
Despite their struggles, Solskjaer is still being trusted with transfer ins and outs going forward – with the Norwegian already spending big by bringing in Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon for an initial £42m last month.
But according to the Daily Mirror, Solskjaer and United are ready to splash the cash again this summer and Grealish is firmly on the agenda.
Leicester and England man Maddison been firmly been in Solskjaer’s sights, but the 23-year-old is poised to pen a lucrative new contract at the King Power.
However, that new deal is not expected to have a release clause attached to it, which could be good news for United should they look to renew their interest in Maddison.
But with the former Norwich man now seemingly off the market, it is Grealish who has emerged as a major target for the Red Devils.
Grealish, who has also been linked with Liverpool, has been their standout performer in what has been a tough return to the Premier League for Dean Smith’s side.
Tottenham were keen to sign 24-year-old when Mauricio Pochettino was in charge last summer and it is thought they may yet renew their interest after losing Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan in January.
A lot will depend on whether Villa stay up this season, with the England squad hopeful almost certain to move on if they are relegated.
Meanwhile, Brighton striker Glenn Murray has insisted that he didn’t know too much about the speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United during the transfer window.
United were in need of a striker following Marcus Rashford’s back injury and eventually opted to bring Shanghai Greenland Shenhua hitman Odion Ighalo to Old Trafford on a short-term loan.
However, previous reports have suggested that Murray, 36, was on the Red Devils’ radar due to the previous uncertainty surrounding his contract situation on the south coast. Read more…