Manchester United could land Aston Villa star Jack Grealish in a cut-price deal this summer if Dean Smith’s side are relegated, former Premier League ace Paul Robinson claims. The playmaker has emerged as a top target for United this summer.
Red Devils chief Ed Woodward will back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the summer window, with United eyeing Grealish and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
It’s claimed Villa will demand £80m for Grealish, even if they’re relegated when Premier League football resumes after the coronavirus pandemic.
Villa owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, who are worth almost £12bn, are refusing to budge on their asking price.
The coronavirus pandemic will likely affect the summer transfer window, with major moves in doubt due to a lack of funds.
And Robinson says United could land Grealish for below Villa’s asking price – especially if the Villans are relegated to the Championship.
Robinson told Football Insider: “Aston Villa will only be able to hold that stance if they remain in the Premier League. That stance will be weakened in the unfortunate event that they are relegated.
“If the economy is anything to go by then the transfer market will dip and player values will follow.
“Manchester United will have targets aside from Grealish.
“Extremely strong and wealthy clubs may prey on the not so wealthy. The number of players you can get for £80million may change.”
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A lot has been made of the Red Devils’ transfer plans, with former United defender Danny Higginbotham claiming they can win the league if they sign Grealish, Sancho and one other player.
“[United are] two or three players away from challenging,” Higginbotham said. “You look at them last season, the problem, what the teams at the top of the league have is consistency.
“United’s biggest problem was their lack of consistency, that was their main consistency throughout the season.
“But when you look at the players that they’ve been linked to, you look at the difference that Fernandes has made by coming in, you look at a Sancho, you look at a Grealish, you’ve got Paul Pogba to come back if he still wants to be at the club, there’s no doubting he’s a world-class midfielder.
“When you put it into context I think Manchester City, I look at the teams that are going to be challenging Liverpool, Manchester City in my opinion need a rebuild.
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“Whether [Pep] Guardiola will be there to see that through I’m not too sure, so that puts them in a little bit of a different predicament.
“So therefore I don’t see any reason why Manchester United, if they can bring the right players in, like a Sancho, a Grealish, potentially a defensive midfielder, then I think they will be in a position to be able to challenge.
“I think you only have to look at the January transfer signings in terms of Fernandes, he alone has taken United to another level.
“So if you imagine another two or three world-class players coming in, it’s going to do the world of good for the players that are around them and only improve them as well.”
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