Manchester City are in pole position to sign England star Jack Grealish – but it’s not too late for their neighbours to make a ‘big decision’.
That’s according to former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand, who has urged the Old Trafford club to think again during the transfer window.
Grealish has emerged as one of the hottest properties in the Premier League with his swashbuckling performances for his beloved Aston Villa – and the Three Lions at Euro 2020 this summer.
Should the Villa talisman move on, City and other would-be suitors are likely to have to splash out £100million.
Coupled with successful pursuits for Jadon Sancho and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, that marks a transfer fee which – at this stage – rules United out of the market.
However, as speculation over the future of Paul Pogba resurfaces, could it reopen another door for United?
Of course, they were heavily linked with Grealish last summer – but the 25-year-old stayed put to register six goals and 10 assists during Villa’s latest Premier League campaign.
Speaking on his YouTube channel,Ferdinand said: “I would love him to join Manchester United, obviously.
“But I just feel that the position that he plays is stacked.
“Bruno [Fernandes] in a ten, [Marcus] Rashford’s on the left, [Anthony] Martial is there, [Paul] Pogba is there.
“It kind of rules Manchester United out unless they say; ‘No, we’re going to shift a player or two to get him’. That’s the big decision they have to make.”
Ferdinand, who spent 12 seasons with United between 2002 and 2014, added: “If he’s going to go anywhere, I think it will be Man City. He would add to that team.
“Does he improve every team in the Premier League? Yes he does, end of argument. He improves every team.”
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