Aston Villa will demand £80m for Manchester United transfer target Jack Grealish this summer. The Villans are also hopeful of keeping the playmaker if Dean Smith’s men avoid relegation to the Championship.
United chief Ed Woodward has made Grealish one of his top targets heading into the summer window.
With the coronavirus pandemic set to affect transfers, the Red Devils could miss out on the likes of Jadon Sancho, with Borussia Dortmund demanding over £100m.
Grealish, 24, is a cheaper alternative for the Red Devils.
However, according to the Daily Mail, Villa will demand £80m for their talisman this summer.
They say Villa also have hope of keeping Grealish if they avoid relegation this season.
Villa’s owners, Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, have the financial power to keep the attacking midfielder if Villa stay up.
However, Grealish could opt to quit his boyhood club for Old Trafford, especially if United can offer him Champions League football.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been vocal on the club’s transfer plans, insisting he will not by ‘rotten apples’.
The Red Devils chief wants his players to reflect his personality.
“I did feel that I was professional and did feel privileged to play for Manchester United,” Solskjaer said.
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“I wouldn’t be able to look at myself if I didn’t know I’d given everything for my team-mates and my manager.
“That’s what I also now look for in players that we sign or we bring up from the youth team. You have to have a good personality and that you are professional because one rotten apple in the basket will make the others rotten.
“So for me it’s about building a team that will reflect me and my coaching staff’s personalities and views. Of course there are standards because we want to win. We are in the business to win.
“But the first step to be a Manchester United player and person, you have to be humble enough to know you always have to work hard.
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“Never give in and always do your best, 100 per cent effort is required every day and don’t think you are better than you are.
“You still have to play with that confidence at the same time. It’s a fine balance but that is what is going to make the difference when we want to get to the championship again that we want to win.”
Villa kick off the Premier League’s return on Wednesday evening, with Grealish and co facing Sheffield United at Villa Park.
Smith’s men are currently 19th in the table, two points off safety.
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