Manchester United have a transfer plan to sign Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish in the summer window and if this move is completed it would likely lead to Paul Pogba leaving the club. Grealish and Pogba are having completely different seasons, with the Villa star putting in great performances for his club despite being in the midst of a relegation battle, while the Frenchman has been stuck on the sidelines as he struggles to recover from an injury.
Pogba has only played a bit-part role for United this season as has struggled to return from two ankle injuries.
The 26-year-old has only made eight appearances for the Red Devils this season, with his last 90 minute performance coming back at the end of September, when the Red Devils drew 1-1 with Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Grealish is turning out great performances for Villa.
The 24-year-old has scored nine goals and provided eight assists in 29 appearances in all competitions.
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And according to The Sun, if Grealish does complete a summer move at Old Trafford, his arrival would likely signal the end of Pogba’s time the club.
The report claims that United are prepared to loosen their purse strings to secure a deal and are willing to triple Grealish’s current contract to get it over the line.
Grealish signed a new £50,000-a-week five-year deal with Villa last year, but United are willing to offer the youngster a contract worth £150,000-a-week if he agrees to make the switch to Old Trafford.
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However, United are not the only team interested in Villa’s talisman, as Manchester City and Liverpool have also been linked with the England Under-21 international.
Pogba’s future at United has been uncertain since the Frenchman declared “it could be time for a new challenge” last summer.
Since then the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, has been in a war of words with the club and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about his client’s future.
Several clubs are interested in the World Cup winner, with Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, all considering making a move for the midfielder at the end of the season.
And while Solskjaer has insisted the club are hopeful the player will feature for them again this season, there are reports United are willing to sell. However, they will not consider anything less than £150million for the player who they signed from Juventus in 2016 for £89m.
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And while Grealish, who can play on the winger or in central midfield, could be a replacement for Pogba, Villa hero Gabriel Agbonlahor thinks the young Englishman could do better than United.
“I am not just saying this as I have played with him, but I honestly think he is the best attacking midfield option that England have got at this current time,” Agbonlahor said.
“That is why, when people say Grealish to Manchester United, he could do so much better than that.
“He could walk into any team in the world, even Barcelona or Juventus.
“For where Manchester United are now, he could go to better teams around the world, so he doesn’t need to limit himself to just United and focus on teams who are playing in the Champions League.
“The good thing about Jack is that he can run with and without the ball, play in different positions and score goals. He is the type of player that fans of football will go to a game to specifically watch him, even if they aren’t fans of Villa.”
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