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Manchester United are still interested in signing Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish, even though his price has soared more than 50% to £ 100 million since the Old Trafford club pulled out of a deal in September.
United were heavily linked to Grealish in the summer, but a £ 40 million deal with Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek was already done and he was spending heavily on Grealish when the club still had an eye on Jadon Sancho and the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemics weren’t feasible.
According to the Daily mailUnited refused to pay more than £ 65 million in the summer, but Grealish had already told friends that he was heading to Old Trafford. Then came United’s decision to retire entirely and the player signed a new contract with Aston Villa the next day.
Grealish has been on fire in 2020/21, scoring five Premier League goals and eight assists 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 England debut this year and was chosen to 90 minutes 2020 Premier League Team of the Year alongside players like Bruno Fernandes and Mohamed Salah.
United are said to be among several other anonymous European clubs following Grealish and evaluating a possible offer at the end of the season. However, its price could now be £ 100 million, which would be a new transfer record at Old Trafford.
United’s finances have been affected during the pandemic, with low incomes, but Executive Vice President Ed Woodward hinted this week that the club remains committed to investing in the team 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 entering the new year competing on four fronts, we are optimistic about the way forward in 2021.”