Aston Villa owner Nassef Sawiris is demanding Manchester United pay £80m for Jack Grealish, which is the same amount they spent on Harry Maguire from Leicester City last year.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear that Grealish and Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho are the signings he needs to rebuild the Red Devils and the English duo are his top targets in the transfer window.
According to The Daily Mirror, Villa want at least £80m for their captain, which is a colossal fee in today’s climate.
Man United will attempt to prise the former England U21 international away from Villa Park at all costs.
The Red Devils are leading the race to sign Grealish in the summer although they may face competition from derby rivals Manchester City as Pep Guardiola is also a keen admirer.
Grealish, 24, scored eight goals and supplied six assists in the Premier League this season.
United clinched Champions League qualification by beating Leicester at the King Power Stadium on the final day of the campaign and recent reports revealed this has enabled them to pursue Grealish and Sancho at the same time.
While Solskjaer’s side have played in the Europa League, the Champions League is a step-up in competition, and squad rotation will be key if he wants to mount a successful challenge for the Premier League title while juggling a busy schedule next season.
However, Ed Woodward has warned United’s summer spending may be limited as the club are operating in unprecedented circumstances, and Grealish could turn out to be too expensive.
Although the attacking midfielder has ambitions to win trophies, the Egyptian billionaire is a stubborn businessman who will dig his heels in to get what he wants for the local lad. United could find themselves at loggerheads with the Villa hierarchy if they are not careful.
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