Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still interested in bringing £80m-rated Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish to Old Trafford, according to a report.
Grealish has long been linked with a move to a new club – notably United – but Premier League survival on the final day of the season means that Villa aren’t willing to sell for a reduced fee.
Since retaining their top flight status, Villa have slapped an £80m asking price on their captain in a bid to keep him at Villa Park a little longer. While at first this cooled interest from a number of clubs, the Express report that United remain interested in bringing him to Old Trafford.
The report states that executive vice chairman Ed Woodward is still keen on a deal for the 24-year-old. Head coach Solskjaer is also hot on Grealish, and believes he could be key in partnering Jadon Sancho next season as the Red Devils look to bolster their attacking options.
Signing Grealish would give United improved squad depth and not only take the burden off Sancho – should he actually sign for the club – but also ease the workload of Bruno Fernandes.
The Portuguese playmaker has been an instant hit at Old Trafford. His 10 goals and eight assists were central to United’s upturn in fortunes and helped them to a third place finish in the Premier League, but current lack of rotation means that he could get burn out very quickly.
United – like most Premier League viewers – likely assumed that Aston Villa were destined for relegation, which would’ve made a move for Grealish much more realistic. If the report is to be believed, United aren’t phased by Villa’s current firm stance, perhaps thinking the fee might still drop.
An £80m asking price is more than likely far too much, however, considering the current financial uncertainties surrounding football and the fact that United look set to pay a large chunk of money up front to sign Sancho.
A move for Grealish isn’t out of the question, but it still looks less likely than it did a few weeks ago.