Manchester City’s pursuit of Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has accelerated in recent weeks, with Pep Guardiola eager to outbid Manchester United for the playmaker’s services.
Grealish was keen to leave Villa Park last summer after United made a bid for him, but the midfielder ended up agreeing on a new contract with his boyhood club after the Red Devils were scared off by a £75 million asking price.
However, Villa’s estimation of the England international has risen since, with Grealish bringing his game to a new standard for club and country this season.
United are still interested in Grealish, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s interests are elsewhere, with the Red Devils facing more urgent problems in defense and attack.
The club would likely pick between Aston Villa’s playmaker and striker Erling Haaland, rather than both.
In comparison to other news, The Telegraph believes Manchester City will be unable to afford both Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland this summer as they look to intensify their offensive.
Given the greater need for a pure goalscorer, the club will choose Haaland in that case.