Man Utd transfer in doubt after Man City move prompts hardball stance

Date published: Sunday 2nd August 2020 3:47 - Steve Pearson


Aston Villa have firmed up their stance regarding a Man Utd move for Jack Grealish following the prospective deal Man City cut for Nathan Ake.

The Citizens agreed a £41m fee to bring Bournemouth defender Ake back into the Premier League last week.

That move appears to have had unintended consequences for the red half of Manchester, however.

Man Utd have been frequently linked with attacking additions in the current window, most notably Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish.

While Sancho undoubtedly remains the club’s top priority, Grealish has been touted as an alternative should Sancho not sign. The notion of signing both has also been suggested, though that would largely depend on the club’s ability to sign the duo without overspending.

Following Villa’s last day survival, Grealish is unlikely to be sold on the cheap, and the latest report from The Daily Express (who cite the Sunday Mirror) reveals Man City’s influence on proceedings.

Their article states that Villa are ‘remaining stubborn’ over their £80m valuation, spurned on by the fee reported for Ake.

Villa are said to have been monitoring that deal closely, and believe Grealish is worth ‘double the fee’ that Ake will command.

Grealish has showed little desire to depart his boyhood club, though should Man Utd stump up the cash Villa require, it would undoubtedly be a difficult prospect to turn down.


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