Manchester United are ‘stepping up’ their pursuit of Jack Grealish with the club keen to conduct their summer business as early as possible.
The Aston Villa captain has emerged as a key target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he seeks additional midfield creativity this summer, the playmaker having starred for Villa this season scoring nine goals in all competitions and providing a further six assists.
According to the Manchester Evening News, United are conscious of the possibility of Grealish making his England debut before the end of the season, the 24-year-old having been tipped to be included in Gareth Southgate’s squad ahead of next month’s friendly fixtures with Italy and Denmark.
Should Grealish impress, his valuation could also soar if he participates in this summer’s European Championships, and United are keen to conclude a deal for the midfielder who is likely to be allowed to leave Villa Park this summer – regardless of the outcome of their fight against relegation this season.
Dean Smith’s side currently sit just a point outside of the Premier League’s bottom three, though are believed to be prepared to sanction the sale of Grealish – should they receive a suitable offer – in order to allow the player to fulfil his ambitions of playing European football.
Grealish and Leicester’s James Maddison are reportedly the two players being considered by the Red Devils this summer as they continue their policy of signing emerging, British talent, though a move for the former seems a more likely proposition with Maddison close to signing a new contract at a Leicester side set to secure a top four finish and Champions League football.