Manchester United remain interested in a deal to sign Jack Grealish this summer despite the midfielder’s foolish decision to ignore the government’s lockdown guidelines.
The Aston Villa captain has apologised after being caught breaching the government’s lockdown rulings amid the coronavirus crisis, Grealish having been involved in a road accident after ignoring health warnings to visit a friend last month.
The incident has led some to wonder whether Manchester United – who have been strongly linked with a move to sign the 24-year-old this summer – could withdraw their interest in the player, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to bring the right kind of character to the club.
However, when asked if United could target alternatives following Grealish’s public misdemeanour, The Athletic insists the club remain ‘very much in pursuit’ of the midfielder.
The report says Grealish’s indiscretion ‘will not have gone unnoticed at Old Trafford’, but add that it will be ‘balanced against the huge amount Grealish has got right on and off the pitch in recent years’, saying that ‘the verve with which he plays the game remains attractive to Solskjaer’.
Leicester‘s James Maddison has been suggested as a potential alternative to Grealish, but The Athletic adds that a deal for ‘could be more readily struck with Villa’, with the Foxes likely to demand £100 million for the England playmaker.