Manchester United expect to pay £60million to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa during the summer transfer window, reports say. The 24-year-old has been tipped to join the Red Devils having shone in the Premier League this season. And despite the player recently causing controversy by breaching quarantine rules, he could be on the move to Old Trafford.
Manchester United have been impressed with Grealish, who has stood out for Aston Villa amid a difficult first season back in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old is the Red Devils’ preferred midfield target, jumping above James Maddison and Donny van de Beek with his impressive displays in the top flight.
United are expected to lose Paul Pogba and, should that happen, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need a top-class replacement.
And the Evening Standard say the club expect to pay £60m to sign Grealish from Villa when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.
The coronavirus crisis is likely to see teams have to lower their asking prices for players, seeking a quick sale in the process.
But it appears Villa are determined to get maximum money for Grealish, who has been a regular in their side ever since 2014.
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United won’t have any difficulty paying that, though, with the club expected to spend big when the transfer window opens again.
They want Grealish over Maddison because he’d be cheaper, with Leicester set to demand in the region of £80m to part with their star asset.
United have also been impressed by how the player has become a talisman for Villa throughout his time in the Midlands.
And they believe he does a lot of good for the community, despite controversially breaching isolation guidelines at the end of last month.
United feel Grealish is also well-suited to their style of play.
And it seems only a matter of time before they land their man, with the Villa star supposedly open to making the move to Old Trafford this summer.
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Meanwhile, former United midfielder Jonathan Greening recently had his say on the possibility of Grealish moving to Old Trafford.
And he endorsed the transfer by saying: “Over the past few months, there’s been talk of Grealish coming or Maddison coming.
“I actually feel I would prefer Jack Grealish.
“Maddison is a very good player, super technical, he can create, great passing both short and long, and great on set plays.
“Jack Grealish, however, has that little bit of difference, he can take players on, he can drive forwards with the ball, and slide that pass through.
“He’s got that bit of grit and determination; and doesn’t like losing, you can see that in his game.”
Grealish isn’t United’s only transfer target.
In attack they want Jadon Sancho, while the likes of Timo Werner, Moussa Dembele, Harry Kane and Erling Haaland are under consideration.
And, at the back, Matthijs de Ligt and Kalidou Koulibaly are being eyed.
Neither player is a priority, though, with Solskjaer’s delighted with how his defence has performed over the last four months.
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