Manchester United are hoping to sign Aston Villa star Jack Grealish when the transfer window reopens this summer.
Manchester United first attempted to sign Jack Grealish as a teenager, according to reports. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to add the England international to his squad when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign. He could replace Paul Pogba, who remains linked with a move away from Old Trafford.
Manchester United have earmarked Grealish as a transfer target ahead of the summer window, with Solskjaer prioritising him over Leicester’s James Maddison.
And the Daily Mirror say the Red Devils first attempted to sign the 24-year-old when he was a teenager.
Now, all these years on, United are hoping to land their man.
It’s previously been reported that any deal for the Villa star is dependant on what happens with Pogba, with the France international’s future up in the air.
Real Madrid want to snap him up, with Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane driving his side’s pursuit of his compatriot.
And Juventus are keen to bring Pogba back to Italy, four years after he sensationally returned to Old Trafford.
United could raise funds for Grealish by letting Pogba depart – despite Solskjaer regularly hailing the Frenchman for his attitude.
They’re undeterred by the Villa star’s recent controversy where he breached lockdown rules in order to attend a party.
He’s expected to cost in the region of £60million.
But that price could drop if Villa succumb to relegation.
Grealish has been in impressive form this season scoring seven Premier League goals and managing six assists in total.
And Villa ace Conor Hourihane has insisted his captain will leave with his blessing – but wants him to keep the club in the top flight first.
“Jack’s obviously hugely-talented. He’s our talisman,” he said.
“He’s had a fantastic season and he’s been linked with so many clubs at the top of every league around Europe.
“It’s going to be a tough summer for Jack and a tough decision but, first and foremost, he keeps us up.
“That’s the most important thing for the football club.
“Then, whatever Jack decides to do, that’ll be up to himself. He deserves everything he gets.
“For me, he should be in that England squad because he’s got that something else nobody else has got, in my opinion.”
United chief Ed Woodward has previously warned fans it won’t be ‘business as usual’ at Old Trafford in the transfer market this summer.
“We will continue looking for more ways of supporting those in need for as long as the pandemic continues,” said Woodward. “Everyone is grappling with the economic realities of the pandemic and we are no different. The longer the crisis continues the greater the impact will be for every club, including ourselves.
“But it is important to acknowledge the part played by our successful business in allowing us to fulfil our social responsibilities. We have always believed that our commercial model gives us greater resilience than most clubs.
“We are eager to see the team return to the field as soon as we are advised it is safe to do so.
“And while it may be that games need to be played behind closed doors in the shorter term, we all recognise that football will not be fully back to normal until supporters are once again in attendance.”
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