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Manchester United are still interested in recruiting Jack Grealish despite bringing in Donny van de Beek last summer. And the Aston Villa hero will likely cost £90million.
Grealish has been in scintillating form this season, scoring six goals and setting up a further seven in 16 appearances in all competitions. And his numbers, when compared to Donny van de Beek, look even more impressive.
The Dutchman has just one goal and one assist in 19 appearances, though, admittedly many of those have come from the bench. The former Ajax superstar has significantly struggled for game since signing for £40million in the summer.
In Holland the 23-year-old is regarded as one of the country’s finest talents, and his performances across the past couple of seasons back this up. In 94 appearances for Ajax, Van de Beek scored 27 goals and 24 assists. Those stats also include an impressive run to the semi-finals of the Champions League in the 2018/19 campaign.
But for whatever reason, Van de Beek is struggling to crack it at United.
It may come as bad news for him and United fans that, according to The Athletic, United still retain an interest in Grealish.
The Villa man is likely to cost north of £90million now after putting pen to paper on a new deal at the club last summer. Though that value isn’t wholly different from before when United were priced out of move. He’s not a priority by any means, with right-wing, right-back and centre-back positions of more concern.
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And any move would also depend on Paul Pogba. Should United fetch a fair fee for the World Cup winner and get his enormous wages off their books then a move is more likely.
But where does it leave Van de Beek?
In all honesty, probably not as much in a dire situation as United fans may think. The Dutchman plays more centrally, box-to-box as well as attacking. Should Pogba leave, it would actually benefit him.
Grealish is more used to playing in a wide left position, cutting in on his right foot and delivering devilishly good balls. More like the position Marcus Rashford plays.
It means two things for Van de Beek. One, the interest is just that. Interest. With many other priorities in the way it seems unlikely United would pay £90m for a player in a position they are well covered.
The second, if Grealish does come, the pair can play together in two different positions.
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