Manchester United will move on to secondary targets like James Maddison should any potential transfer deal for Jack Grealish fail to happen this summer, reports say. The Aston Villa star is on the club’s radar having impressed in the Premier League this season. But it appears the Red Devils are making plans should the 24-year-old elude them.
Manchester United haven’t been deterred by Grealish’s decision to breach quarantine rules with the 24-year-old among their top targets for the summer transfer window.
The Aston Villa star has been in impressive form this season, scoring seven goals and registering seven assists so far.
United want to sign Grealish and feel he can thrive alongside the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay in the middle of the park.
But, if he doesn’t join, GQ Magazine claim United will move onto secondary targets like Leicester’s Maddison.
The England international has also caught the eye, scoring six goals and clocking up three assists.
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Maddison has previously admitted he grew up supporting the Red Devils, saying: “Cristiano Ronaldo [is my hero].
“I’m a Manchester United fan, he was my boy.”
But while United could switch focus to the England international, signing him would be far from straightforward.
Leicester are currently battling to tie the playmaker down to a new and improved contract at the King Power Stadium.
Brendan Rodgers said as much in February, saying: “Talks have been ongoing with the club and his representatives.
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“I know the boy is very happy, he wants to be here and he sees this as the club he can develop at. I am hopeful it will be done.”
Meanwhile, speaking on Wednesday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that United would look to ‘exploit’ clubs in the transfer market.
“Football is going to get back to normality at one point, and it’s very important we’re ready when that happens,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
“Then, the market, who knows how the market is going to react to this? Who knows which clubs need to sell players?
“There might be just a situation there where you can exploit.
“And I know that we at Man United we are one of the biggest, and the biggest, financially well-off.”
And football finance expert Kieran Maguire believes United are well-placed compared to other teams in the top flight.
“In a depressed market anyone with cash is in a strong position,” he told Goal.
“And anyone with a strong balance sheet, and United do have that, will be able to leverage on that and get bargains.
“I think both United and [Manchester] City, I would expect them to be able to benefit from the summer transfer market, assuming there is one.”
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