Manchester United has been credited with an interest in the Aston villa’s midfielder, Jack Grealish who has enjoyed a fine individual 2019/20 campaign
The Red Devils have backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in recent transfer windows spending £67.7 million to prize Bruno Fernandes away from Sporting Lisbon in January and were expecting to spend big again this summer.
The Norwegian coach still wants another creative attacking midfielder with Villa’s Grealish and Leicester’s Maddison on his radar. As well, Solskjaer wants a defensive reinforcement and a backup striker.
However, clubs across Europe are dealing with the significant financial implications of coronavirus. Despite United being in a healthier position than the majority of the clubs, Solskjaer has warned that their transfer strategy could also be affected.
Aston Villa is believed to be hoping for around £70m for their captain Grealish who has enjoyed an exceptional season in the Premier League scoring seven goals and laying six assists.
However, it remains to be seen whether United are prepared to meet the valuation in the current financial climate while they have other deals to explore including potentially turning Odion Ighalo’s loan stay into a permanent £15m move.
Jonathan Barnett responds to Grealish transfer rumors to Old Trafford
Grealish’s agent, Jonathan Barnett has responded to rumors linking his client with a move to Man United.
Asked if the midfielder is closing in on big-money transfer away from Villa Park, he responded, “absolutely no deal has been done with anybody”.
“I don’t think Aston Villa are looking at the Championship themselves. They believe that, hopefully, they’ll get out of the trouble they’re in”.
“Jack believes it. He’s fighting hard, as hard as he can to stop that. That’s all that is on his mind at the moment”.
“He’s not interested in anything else other than fighting to get Aston Villa out of any trouble”.
Barnett did, however, concede that Grealish would benefit from playing Champions League football whenever he does embark on the next stage of his fledgling career.
He added: “On the other hand, I think as far as his career is concerned, it would be great for him to play in the Champions League and develop his great skills and I’m not sure in which country or where that will be.
“But that conversation won’t happen now because all he wants to do is fight and help Aston Villa.”