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Man Utd urged to ‘pay the money’ for ‘magical’ Grealish

Neil Warnock has called Jack Grealish ‘magical’ and urged Manchester United to ‘pay the money’ to sign the Aston Villa captain this summer.

Grealish has starred for Aston Villa this season despite the club’s struggles near the foot of the Premier League, scoring nine goals in all competitions and providing a further five assists.

The 24-year-old’s performances are likely to see him called into the England squad for next months friendly fixtures against Italy and Denmark, whilst he is also attracting the interest of some of the division’s leading sides with Manchester United said to be particularly keen as they seek to add creativity to their midfield.

Former Sheffield United and Cardiff boss Warnock believes Grealish is perfectly suited for a high profile move to Old Trafford, and has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to pay whatever it takes to sign the playmaker at the end of the season.

“Man United are in a situation where they should just pay the money shouldn’t they, now,” Warnock told talkSPORT.

“I think he would be a great acquisition for them. I think he’s made-to-measure like that.

“I don’t want you to use it sillily [sic] but you know when you think of Cantona and people like that who just have something magical.

“He just fits that bill as a young one, doesn’t he and I think he would be a great signing.”

According to the Sun, however, the Red Devils are set to face unlikely competition for his signature, with Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona having monitored Grealish’s progress in recent months.

Should the duo firm up their interest, it will come as a major blow to United who will surely need to secure a top four finish and Champions League football to have any chance of landing their number one target, the club having focused their attentions towards Grealish amid the news James Maddison is close to signing a new contract at Leicester.

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