Manchester United are still interested in signing Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish, even though his price tag has shot up by more than 50% to £100m since the Old Trafford club pulled out of a deal in September.
United were heavily linked with Grealish in the summer, but a £40m deal with Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek was already done and spending big on Grealish when the club still had an eye on Jadon Sancho and the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t feasible.
According to the Daily Mail, United refused to pay more than £65m in summer, but Grealish had already told friends he was heading to Old Trafford. Then came United’s decision to pull out altogether and the player signed a new contract with Aston Villa the following day.
Grealish has been on fire in 2020/21, getting five goals and eight assists in the Premier League to keep Villa, who only survived on the final day of last season, firmly in the top half of the table.
The 25-year-old made his senior England debut this year and was chosen for 90min’s Premier League Team of the Year for 2020 alongside the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Mohamed Salah.
United are said to be among several other unnamed European clubs tracking Grealish and weighing up a possible bid at the end of the season. His price tag could now be at £100m, however, which would be a new club record transfer at Old Trafford.
United’s finances have taken a hit during the pandemic, with revenues down, but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward hinted this week that the club remain committed to investing in the squad in order to compete for major trophies sooner rather than later.
“Our ongoing investment reflects the tremendous resilience of the club and our commitment to supporting Ole, while remaining disciplined at an extremely challenging time,” Woodward said.
“As always, our priority is to win trophies and, with the team going into the new year competing on four fronts, we are optimistic about the path ahead in 2021.”