Manchester United have ramped up their transfer chase for Jack Grealish ahead of this summer window.
The Aston Villa star heads the shopping list under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of Leicester's James Maddison.
Solskjaer has made signing young, British players his top priority.
Harry Maguire , Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James joined in the summer, while Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo broke the pattern in January.
Nevertheless, United are still looking at English talents with a creative No. 10 in Solskjaer's sights.
Maddison had been eyed for some time but it now appears that Grealish will be the top target at Old Trafford.
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According to the Manchester Evening News, United chiefs have been eyeing the 24-year-old since last summer.
Grealish has scored nine goals for Villa this season as they battle for Premier League survival.
The Villans are the playmaker's boyhood club but there is a feeling that all parties are ready to sever ties this summer.
That is whether or not they stay up, with Villa set to give the Solihull-born star their blessing.
The MEN further report that United are keen to wrap up a deal as soon as this month in February.
They are reportedly concious that Grealish could be set to make his England debut and has a good chance of making the European Championships this summer.
Solskjaer stated the midfielder was "the best player on the pitch" when the two sides met.
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Ed Woodward also outlined the transfer plans at United for the future: "Despite being linked in the media to 111 players in January, our acquisition of just one of them – Bruno Fernandes – is an important step, demonstrating our commitment to adding experienced, world-class recruits to the exciting crop of academy graduates that are at the heart of this developing team.
"We will take the same planned, disciplined, approach this coming summer.
"In addition to the first team signings, somewhat under the radar, we have also made a number of exciting youth acquisitions in the past year, reflecting our commitment to bringing the best talent into our Academy."
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