Aston Villa have concocted a way to keep Jack Grealish out of the clutches of Man Utd amid reports of ‘three or four quality additions’.
Villa skipper Grealish was the shining light as Dean Smith’s side staved off relegation on the final day.
His performances drew calls for an England call-up, and duly attracted the transfer attentions of the Man Utd hierachy.
While Jadon Sancho undoubtedly remains The Red Devils’ top priority, the potential move has reportedly been put in jeopardy.
That has increased the spotlight on Grealish, though according to The Sun, Villa have a plan to retain their talisman.
The newspaper report that Villa will offer Grealish improved terms bumping him up to a six-figure salary.
£100,000 per week is set to be offered, a handy raise on his current £70,000 per week deal.
Furthermore, Villa are said to be buoyed by their late survival, and plot to invest ‘£100m’ in ‘three or four quality additions’.
Approximately £140m was splurged last summer, but success was decidedly mixed in their scatter-gun approach.
Villa will now seek a more streamlined approach, with attacking reinforcements the priority.
Brentford forward Said Benrahma is touted, with the Bees’ frontman potentially tempted by the step up to the Premier League.
Celtic hitman Odsonne Edoaurd is also mentioned, with a fee of £40m cited as required to bring him to England.
Villa are reportedly confident that the combination of higher wages and a more potent strike-force will convince Grealish to snub Man Utd, should an official offer be made.
Man Utd look to Sancho plan B
Meanwhile, Manchester United have submitted a £49million bid for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa amid concerns about a deal for Jadon Sancho, according to reports.
United made important breakthroughs in their chase for top target Sancho on Monday and Tuesday. Indeed it looked as if the deal was close, with personal terms agreed.
However, the transfer fee has remained the key sticking point and several reports on Tuesday evening claimed United are willing to walk away if Borussia Dortmund do not budge from their valuation.
One such report from ESPN also said the Red Devils will happily consider other targets if those concerns grew.