Manchester United are keen on signing Aston Villa star Jack Grealish this summer and could do on the cheap because of the coronavirus, according to financial football expert Kieran Maguire.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big fan of the 24-year-old and wants to bring him in during the next transfer window.
Villa could be forced to sell on the cheap if they are relegated and lose money because of football being suspended due to COVID-19.
Maguire told Express Sport that Villa could still ask for their original asking price though if their owners boost the club’s funds.
He explained: “For Aston Villa it may be more complicated than that in respect of Jack Grealish.
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“First of all there is a chance they could get relegated so there would be the financial consequences of that.
“Secondly, the club is likely to have lost money in the Premier League this season because of the pandemic.
“Now, the one thing Villa have got in their favour is they are owned by two incredibly wealthy owners.
“So, if the two owners are willing to pump money into the club then that might maintain Jack Grealish’s price.
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“If they are not then I think Villa would have to compromise on the price they want for Jack in the summer should they decide to sell.”
Maguire also gave his overall impression of what we will see in the transfer market following the coronavirus crisis.
He said: “I suspect at the very elite level there will be perhaps a minor reduction in prices but as you drop into the mid-tier of players, the ones that are less likely to be recruited by the big clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea, City, Liverpool and so on I think there will be a significant reduction in player prices and the reason for this is twofold.
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“First of all, in terms of the buying clubs they will be substantially less well off than before because they have lost revenues as a result of the pandemic so the prices that they can pay with have fallen.
“Secondly, in terms of the selling clubs, many of those will be in some sort of financial crisis and then under those circumstances you have to often accept a liquidation or fire sale price for any asset.
“From a personal point of view it could be a car, a tele, a stereo, it doesn’t matter what it is.
“There could be implications for that and on the back of that if demand is falling and supply is that they have to sell rather than wanting to sell then the economic consequences of that is a fall in the price in the market.”
United were in fifth place when the Premier League was suspended due to the global pandemic.
Solskjaer’s side were pushing for a Champions League qualification place next season.
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