Manchester United have reportedly devised a strategy to bring down Aston Villa’s £70million valuation of Jack Grealish.
Manchester United hold a long-standing interest in Grealish, but Aston Villa have so far been relentless in their efforts to keep hold of the captain at all costs.
The 24-year-old’s contract at Villa Park runs out in summer 2023, which puts the Lions in a strong bargaining position in the current transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bolster his attacking options for next term, hoping to mount a challenge on the Premier League title.
Grealish perfectly fits the profile for a type of player Solskjaer is looking to recruit this summer and already has enough Premier League experience to support that claim.
His whopping £70million price tag has long been a stumbling block in his proposed move to Old Trafford, but the Red Devils now have a plan to overcome that.
Manchester United will try to include second-choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero as a makeweight in the deal to snap up the 24-year-old, report the Daily Mail.
The imminent return of Dean Henderson from his season-long loan at Sheffield United will push Romero to the Theatre of Dreams exit, with Leeds United reportedly considering adding the Argentinean to their ranks.
However, United have other plans for the experienced shot-stopper, as they hope to use him to facilitate Grealish’s long-awaited move to Manchester.
The illustrious playmaker was probably the only bright spot in an otherwise disappointing Premier League season for Aston Villa.
He notched eight goals and laid on six assists to his teammates in 36 top-flight outings, helping Dean Smith’s side preserve their elite status.