Manchester United are sent a stern message by Aston Villa about Jack Grealish, while Willian rejects claims he has spoken to Jose Mourinho – all in the latest Paper Talk.
VILLA IN STERN GREALISH FEE WARNING
Aston Villa will not back down on their £80million valuation of Manchester United-linked midfielder Jack Grealish, even if they are relegated at the end of the season, according to reports.
Having played a crucial role in getting his boyhood club into the Premier League, Villa captain Grealish has made the step up to the top flight impressively, with seven goals and six assists so far this term.
United have been heavily linked with a move all season, with reports outlining Red Devils’ boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s desire to bring in exciting British talent.
Indeed, the Sunday Mirror is not the first to report that United began the groundwork on a deal to sign Grealish in February, before the shutdown of football across the continent.
The newspaper reports that Villa’s owners – Nassef Sawaris and Wes Edens – have a kitty approaching £12billion and will not be forced into accepting a lower fee for Grealish.
Their £80million valuation is set to remain in place even if Villa do go back down to the Championship, with Villa also expecting Grealish to ask for a move away.
Villa sit 19th in the Premier League table with 10 games to go, including a game in hand in which victory could propel them out of the relegation zone.
AND THE REST
Chelsea midfielder Willian has refuted claims that he has had any contact with Jose Mourinho about a move to North London (Sunday Mirror)
The Blues will receive £48.5million when the permanent sale of Alvaro Morata to Atletico Madrid is ratified in the upcoming transfer window (Sun on Sunday)
Barcelona legend Xavi has said that Liverpool winger Sadio Mane and Arsenal marksman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would both likely flop if they moved to Camp Nou this summer (Metro)
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has warned that there is widespread criticism to plans to resume the Premier League on June 12 (Sunday Telegraph)
The Magpies will target a move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha if their takeover is completed (Sun on Sunday)
Manchester United hero Wayne Rooney has said that his former side made a mistake by sacking Louis van Gaal in 2016 (Sunday Mirror)
Ex-Wales manager Chris Coleman has declared that Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey would be a good fit at the Red Devils (Sunday Mirror)
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is taking a ‘proactive’ approach to signing Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho (The Athletic)
Owen Hargreaves has said that Sancho could benefit from joining an exciting crop of young talent at United (Sunday Mirror)
Arsenal are eyeing a move for Barcelona’s Brazilian goalkeeper Neto (Sunday Express)
Tottenham centre-back Davinson Sanchez has admitted that his side need to improve on their pre-shutdown form – five defeats in six games – if they are to make the top four at the end of the season (Sunday Express)
Charlon Athletic boss Lee Bowyer clashed with the chairman of the League Managers Association, Howard Wilkinson, on Friday over the latter’s suggestions of a points-per-game weighted table if the Championship season ends early (Sunday Telegraph)
Championship clubs could be restricted by a salary cap – but not for another 12 months, with a £15m-£20m limit on first-team squad salaries likely (Sunday Mirror)
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane remains determined to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba when the transfer window re-opens (Mundo Deportivo)