Manchester United have listed Jack Grealish as one of their top targets for the summer transfer window, but former Old Trafford star Paul McGrath insists there is “no chance” of a deal happening. United have made it clear that bolstering their midfield options this summer is a priority moving forward.
Bruno Fernandes was signed in January and the Portugal international made an instant impact on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, going unbeaten in nine since making his debut.
The coronavirus pandemic has since put a stop to the Premier League season with a meeting among stakeholders to take place on Friday regarding when it could potentially return.
A number of reports have suggested games may not get back underway until June, which would be when the transfer window will also be open.
That may lead to the transfer window being pushed back, but clubs are still operating towards making additions to their squad when it does eventually open.
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United in particular are expected to be busy as Solskjaer bids to further bolster his squad in an attempt to return the club back to the top of English football.
Despite Fernandes’ arrival and suggestions Paul Pogba will remain at the club into next season, United are still interested in at least one big-money midfield signing.
James Maddison and Grealish have been touted as their top two targets but one former United player believes the latter will not move to Old Trafford.
McGrath, who won the FA Cup with United in 1985, was answering questions from his followers in his Instagram story when he was asked about the prospect of Grealish moving to the Red Devils.
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But the 60-year-old was unequivocal in his response, simply writing: “No chance”.
It has been suggested Grealish will almost certainly look for a new club if Aston Villa are relegated from the Premier League this season.
It appears as though the Premier League are keen to avoid cancelling the season altogether at all costs, meaning Villa will have to fight for their survival once the campaign is back up and running.
They currently sit 19th in the table, but are just two points away from safety.
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United, meanwhile, will be battling for Champions League football and currently sit fifth in the table, three points behind Chelsea.
But they have both Wolves and Sheffield United breathing down their neck while Tottenham and Arsenal are also within reach.
Finishing fifth though may be enough for them to qualify for next year’s Champions League with Manchester City facing a two-year ban.
The Etihad outfit have lodged an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport but their case is up in the air with no current date for it to be hard with the Swiss institution hosting no in-person hearings until May at the earliest.
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