Manchester United are desperate to wrap up a deal for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish over concerns his price tag will become inflated. The 24-year-old has been tipped to leave Villa Park in the summer, regardless of whether the Midlands club stay up or not.
United lead the race to sign the attacking midfielder, who has been Villa’s star man this season, netting nine goals and chipping in with six assists.
And according to the Manchester Evening News, United want to wrap up a deal for Grealish this week with the Villa star set to make his England debut before the end of the season.
United are concerned Grealish’s price tag will increase after he makes his Three Lions debut.
The Villa star is expected to get his first England cap next month, with Gareth Southgate’s men facing Italy and Denmark in friendlies.
Grealish’s fine form for Villa this season has led to calls for Southgate to take the playmaker to Euro 2020.
It’s claimed United are aware Villa will demand even more if Grealish makes England’s Euro 2020 squad this summer.
Grealish insists he’s honoured to be hailed so much on his return to the Premier League, however, the Villa star admits he isn’t getting carried away.
“Of course it’s nice. Who doesn’t like to be talked about in a nice way? But, to be honest, I try and take everything with a pinch of salt.
“I had it all five years ago when I broke through and I was getting talked about a lot. I was 19 years old, going online reading about myself and I couldn’t believe it.
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“I was in the papers all the time and they were asking: ‘Is this the new big thing?’ Then just one thing goes wrong and it all comes down on you like a ton of bricks.
“It is nice to read and nice to listen to, but I don’t let it get to me too much, because I know how quickly it can change.”
A lot has been made of United’s pursuit of Grealish, with Neil Warnock claiming the Villa star could be the next Eric Cantona at Old Trafford.
Warnock told talkSPORT: “Man United are in a situation where they should just pay the money now.
“I think he would be a great acquisition for them. He is made to measure like that.
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“When you think about Cantona and people like that who have something magic.
“He fits that bill as a young one. I think he would be a great signing. He is that kind of player.
“I think he would strut his business there like how Cantona played for Man United.
“What I like about his game since we played them in the Championship, I think he has matured and he is so much better now.”
Grealish and Villa are back in action on Sunday afternoon in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
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