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Manchester United make move for Ajax prodigy as Aston Villa raise asking price for Jack Grealish

It is not a surprise that Manchester United are looking to sign a midfielder this summer. Bruno Fernandes’ arrival made things easy for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but not easy enough. The Portuguese midfielder is superb but cannot play every game. From next season, United play four competitions simultaneously, making it two games per week. They need depth. Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira are not suitable for the role.

The Red Devils were keeping tabs on Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish earlier this season. However, after Villa managed to avoid relegation, their asking price for Grealish has fired up. Villa are in a string negotiation position right now.

The Aston Villa captain was the club’s standout performer this season and played a key role in their campaign.

His performances have seen him become one of the most sought-after players in the league, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to make him a key figure in his new-look attack, along with Jadon Sancho.

But, with Villa valuation surrounding the bracket of £70m, United could turn their heads. According to The Evening Standard, United are evaluating Donny van de Beek from Ajax instead.

Previously linked to Real Madrid, van de Beek is looking for an exit after seeing Matthijs de Ligt, Hakim Ziyech and Frenkie de Jong move on.

With the lack of funds an issue, it would be rather smart of Manchester United to sign Donny Van De Beek from Ajax instead, who for the past 2-3 seasons has lit up Europe with his stunning performances for the Dutch side.



  1. Stewart

    August 13, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    The problem is that if Utd keep going for cheaper versions of their original targets they end up buying inferior players. This is wht’s called a false economy. Utd have to accept that if they want top players they have to pay top prices. I doubt, however, that Utd will get either player, Grealish is supposedly too expensive and van de Beek wants to go to Real Madrid. City and Chelsea have paid what they need to strengthen and will reap the results next season. Clueless Woodward will drag his heels and Utd won’t improve. But so what, the money will still keep rolling in and the Glazers will get richer. Well done Ed, job done.

  2. tony

    August 13, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    people say Grealish is being over priced but they need to consider his true value to Aston Villa without him last term they would be in the championship now . how much does relegation cost ? £80m wont cover it . Long gone are the days when larger clubs were able to flex financial muscle and force clubs to sell for whatever the big club wanted to pay. Without new Signings Manchester United will be fighting hard for those mid table positions as all teams above them have or will spend what ever it takes to improve .

  3. barry'sboots

    August 13, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Like every club, Utd have to prioritise. Two of their best four or five players are attacking/box to box midfielders – Pogba and Fernandes – and it therefore makes sense to find able deputies BUT to focus your budget on the priority areas – probably right wing and centre back in this transfer window. Even RM and Barca are having to sell to buy in the current climate. Citeh and Liverpool have spent better than Utd for the last three or four years and Liverpool have developed talent better. Utd will not outdo them in two windows – they need a development plan and strategy and priorities.

    As a Villa fan, I am desperate for Jack to stay. If we can bring in half of what we are being linked to we will have a very good side: Rashica – Watkins – Benrhama would be a really exciting front three with McGinn – Luiz – Jack behind them and a defence that has looked 20x better since lockdown as they have all matured and grown into PL defenders. And we do appear to have the owners with the resources to make this happen.

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