Jack Grealish is reportedly weighing up interest from top clubs after a much-vaunted move to Manchester United failed to materialise over the summer.
United were linked with interest in Grealish throughout last season as the midfielder's fine performances helped keep Aston Villa in the Premier League.
But there was no move from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side over the summer, and Grealish signed a new five-year deal with Villa.
It has now been reported that the Red Devils were offered the Villa skipper – but they snubbed the chance to sign him as they were focused on Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.
They of course failed to meet Dortmund's £108m valuation of Sancho, so ended up signing neither player.
And United may regret their failure to pursue Grealish, who is reportedly now a target for several top clubs as he continues his excellent form for both Villa and England.
The Red Devils have dropped down the pecking order of the clubs chasing Grealish after turning down the chance to land him over the summer, according to Stretty News.
The United site says they the club were only interested in signing Sancho, and with the huge sum of money involved in that pursuit, they were unwilling to spend big elsewhere.
It is thought it would have taken around £80m to tempt Villa into selling Grealish – £28m less than Dortmund were demanding for Sancho.
And a source told Stretty News that the transfer picture has changed for Grealish, with several more clubs prepared to splash out for him as clubs begin to regain financial stability amid the ongoing pandemic.
The 25-year-old playmaker is said to be aware of interest in him from a number of top-flight teams, with Arsenal and Manchester City among the clubs rumoured to be keen on him.
Having recently committed to Villa, it is reported that he will take time to weigh up his options, and is committed to giving his best to Villa as long as he remains with the club.
And as United continue to attract criticism over their recent transfer policy, Red Devils fans will hope they haven't missed their chance of signing one of the game's brightest prospects.
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