The 24-year-old playmaker was the focus of detailed due diligence that was undertaken by senior figures in Old Trafford during a £ 80m move.
Despite Grealish being locked out for a house party with former teammate Ross McCormack – a decision that ended in a £ 150,000 fine – that did not deter Solskjaer.
But with cash bonus this summer, United will prioritize Grealish over Jadon Sancho, as Borussia Dortmund are unwilling to lower their asking price by £ 100 million.
The giants of the Bundesliga have been asking for a nine-figure fee for the English international and are happy to keep it for another season, despite presumed interest from Real Madrid.
This type of spending is getting harder and harder to justify for Manchester United when it comes to Sancho – as the club is losing money at a knot pace and there are alternatives to the winger on the own team. Solskjaer.
However, it was Grealish who caught the eye of the club’s decision makers and whether Villa is relegated or not, the Norwegian will press the button.
They’ve done Villa Captain’s background checks in the past few weeks and it’s still possible that their long-awaited move for Jude Bellingham to Birmingham will also pay off.
The 16-year-old will celebrate his next birthday at the end of this month and will be able to sign professional forms.
However, this agreement is still pending, Dortmund remaining in contention for its signing.
Her father, Mark, would like to follow Sancho’s example and have his son continue his football studies abroad.
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Breaking into the first Manchester United team at the age of 17 – with all the associated talents already reunited at the club – would be a big question and playing first team games is seen as more beneficial for the betterment of the youngster. than being on the sidelines. at Old Trafford.
Birmingham is relatively relaxed about the situation as it is understood that the release figures on his transfer have been incorporated into his scholarship contract, based on his appearances in the first team at St Andrew’s. And that may explain why the youngster has played more than 30 times for Pep Clotet’s men this season.
So whether or not Bellingham signs a professional contract in three weeks, the club seems to have hedged against the possibility that the teenager will only go out for development costs – a drop in the ocean against his true worth in a open market.
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