Manchester United are expected to make a move for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish in the summer, according to a report by Bleacher Report.
The media outlet’s Dean Jones has revealed that insiders have given indications that the midfielder will remain a priority target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and that it is likely the Red Devils will get their man.
It has been claimed a figure of around £80m will be the price that will trigger the Villans into selling him, however it is believed a lower price in and around £60m might just tempt the Birmingham-based outfit into doing business for their current star.
Whilst Bruno Fernandes may have hit the ground running since making his own big-money move from Sporting Lisbon in the January transfer window, Manchester United’s pursuit of Grealish would still make sense.
The Red Devils perhaps lack depth in the specialised position (TransferMarkt) and with the number of games they can play across a campaign, a player of the Villa captain’s ability could only help to improve things for the Premier League titans.
According to WhoScored’s data, the 24-year-old has managed to provide his boyhood club with seven goals and six assists in his 26 top-flight outings and is on course to achieve his best figures in England’s top league.
Breaking down the numbers further, Grealish has also provided the Villans with an average of 2.1 shots per game, 2.7 key passes, 2.2 completed dribbles and is on the receiving end of 4.9 fouls every 90 minutes.
In comparison, and perhaps a potential direct competitor to Fernandes should he join, the Portuguese international has managed to achieve two goals and three assists in his blistering start to life at Old Trafford, achieving 3.8 shots per game, 2.2 key passes, 1.2 completed dribbles and is fouled 1.4 times per match in the five outings he has had to date (as per WhoScored).
Whilst Solskjaer may have an abundance of midfielder options available to him, Manchester United only really have Fernandes, Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata as specialised attacking midfielders, therefore their pursuit of Grealish perhaps makes sense.
Of course, whilst being a home-grown talent and still only 24-years-old likely being factors, the current Aston Villa skipper’s figures prove he can make a difference in the Premier League and one the Red Devils can, perhaps, take full advantage of.
Time will only tell if Grealish does make the move to Old Trafford, however Bleacher Report expect a switch to happen sooner rather than later.
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