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Manchester United to ‘prioritise’ Grealish transfer after Maddison blow

Manchester United are set to ‘prioritise’ a move for Jack Grealish this summer following the news that James Maddison is close to signing a new contract at Leicester.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add to his creative options during the summer window and is monitoring the form of Aston Villa captain Grealish, the midfielder having starred for the Midlands outfit this season scoring nine times and providing a further five assists in all competitions.

The 24-year-old is not currently considering a move away as he focuses on keeping Aston Villa in the Premier League, whilst Dean Smith’s side will also face Manchester City in the final of the Carabao Cup on March 1.

Grealish is expected to be called into the senior England squad for next month’s friendly fixtures with Italy and Denmark, his performances having attracted the attention of Gareth Southgate in addition to some of the Premier League’s leading sides.

According to the Mirror, United will now target a move for the playmaker at the end of the season, regardless of whether Villa manage to preserve their top-flight status with the club currently just one point outside of the relegation places.

The Red Devils had held an interest in Leicester’s Maddison, though reports have emerged that the 23-year-old is close to signing a new deal to keep him at the King Power Stadium, in news which will come as a huge boost to Brendan Rodgers’ Champions League-chasing side.

Manchester United secured the signing of Maddison’s former Foxes teammate Harry Maguire in a world record deal last summer, and given it would likely take another huge bid to sign Maddison this summer will now focus their attempts on Grealish, a player the club see as a more viable and realistic option.

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