Man Utd chief Ed Woodward delaying move for top transfer target for one reason
Manchester United chief Ed Woodward is waiting to see whether Aston Villa get relegated before making a move for Jack Grealish. The Villa playmaker is a top target for the Red Devils ahead of the summer transfer window.
Villa are set to demand around £80m for their talisman, who is under contract at Villa Park until 2023.
However, according to 90min, United are in no rush to move for Grealish.
The Red Devils will wait to see whether Dean Smith’s side are relegated to the Championship before tabling a bid for the playmaker.
United feel they may be able to strike a cut-price deal for Grealish if Villa go down this season.
Villa are currently 19th in the Premier League with eight games remaining.
Smith’s side are just one point off safety, however, Villa have a tough run in.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been vocal on the club’s transfer plans, insisting he will not by ‘rotten apples’.
The Red Devils chief wants his players to reflect his personality.
“I did feel that I was professional and did feel privileged to play for Manchester United,” Solskjaer said.
“I wouldn’t be able to look at myself if I didn’t know I’d given everything for my team-mates and my manager.
“That’s what I also now look for in players that we sign or we bring up from the youth team. You have to have a good personality and that you are professional because one rotten apple in the basket will make the others rotten.
“So for me it’s about building a team that will reflect me and my coaching staff’s personalities and views. Of course there are standards because we want to win. We are in the business to win.
“But the first step to be a Manchester United player and person, you have to be humble enough to know you always have to work hard.
“Never give in and always do your best, 100 per cent effort is required every day and don’t think you are better than you are.
“You still have to play with that confidence at the same time. It’s a fine balance but that is what is going to make the difference when we want to get to the championship again that we want to win.”
Grealish is back in action on Wednesday night when Villa travel to Newcastle in the Premier League.