Manchester United looks at the performances of Aston Villa star Jack Grealish with a slanted eye, Manchester Evening News writes in an analysis. The 25-year-old playmaker has been followed by the Premier League top for a long time: Manchester United also followed him, but did not press through and eventually strengthened itself with Donny van de Beek.
Grealish extended his contract with Aston Villa at the beginning of September and has been in great shape ever since: in the first seven games of the Premier League season, he scored four goals and five assists on behalf of the surprising number six of England. The brand new England international is still stuck at Villa Park until 2025 and must cost a fortune: his club would like to collect at least ninety million euros before cooperating on a transfer.
Despite this, Grealish has landed on Manchester United’s radar again, MEN writes. The club did not make any work of the attacking midfielder last season as it was unsure how Grealish would fit into the system. It is now impossible to ignore the designer. Manchester United is in danger of losing one or more attacking midfielders this summer: Juan Mata is out of his contract, Paul Pogba is imprisoned for one more year, but is working on a disappointing season.
If at least one of them leaves, Manchester United will return to Grealish anyway, MEN expect: the attacking midfielder could become a defining player in Manchester United’s midfield. It does not seem obvious that Van de Beek can grow in that role. The ex-Ajax player was brought in to provide extra attacking impulses, but has to do it in his first weeks with a supporting role. On Saturday he did not come off the bench during the game with Everton.