Manchester United’s Jack Grealish swap deal plan and why it would fail this summer

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Last summer, Manchester United tried to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa. And, at the time, it was claimed they were ready to offer Sergio Romero as bait. However, repeating that trick would fail this summer – because Romero won’t be a Red Devils player come the end of the season and Villa have a new No 1.

It’s been a fruitful season for Grealish over at Villa Park.

Instead of sulking after he failed to secure a move to Old Trafford, he’s knuckled down to establish himself as one of the best playmakers in the Premier League.

With six goals and 10 assists to his name, many are calling on Grealish to be included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the upcoming European Championships.

He’s been out injured since February, and will therefore miss Villa’s showdown with United on Sunday.

But with the England star continuing to be linked with a move to Old Trafford, it’s time to throw things back.

Last summer, United were interested in signing Grealish.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a huge admirer of the 25-year-old, believing he had the potential to grow into a world-class star over at the Theatre of Dreams.

And the Daily Mail said at the time that United were planning on offering Romero as bait.

The Argentina international had become unhappy after being overlooked for their Europa League clash with Sevilla, with David De Gea starting instead.

He was also furious at being benched for the 3-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea, with De Gea struggling between the sticks that day.

But if United won’t be trying that tactic again.


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And that’s because Romero, barring a sudden development, is poised to leave the club as a free agent at the end of the campaign.

He’s not made a single appearance for the club this term, instead training with the likes of De Gea and Dean Henderson.

And it’s likely he’ll return to Argentina, though Everton have also been linked.

Even if Romero was under contract at United through next season, Emiliano Martinez has been a massive success for Villa since joining from Arsenal last summer.

Regarding Grealish, United do still retain interest – but know signing the player won’t come cheap.

They were quoted £100million when they attempted to land the 25-year-old at the end of last season, a fee that scared them off.

And if Villa demand similar money this time around, it’s feasible United will look at signing other targets instead.

Speaking recently, United legend Roy Keane expressed a belief Grealish would be a good signing – while also talking up a potential deal for Harry Kane.

“The two players who I’ve thought about over the last few weeks who I feel would be brilliant for Man Utd are Harry Kane up front – whatever it costs – and I’d go with Jack Grealish,” Keane told Sky Sports.

“I feel United are still short of that special player. I think Grealish would give them that and I feel he would enjoy playing at Old Trafford.

“The fans would love him. What I admire about Jack is he’s got great courage on the football pitch.

“He always wants the ball in tight areas. We’ve seen over the last year or two his end product has improved. He’s an excellent player and obviously Kane would guarantee goals.

“Would it be difficult to get these two players? You bet your life it would be, but Man Utd have to go out and try to sign the best otherwise we’ll be having the same conversations next year about being nearly there.

“Jack would be ready for Man Utd.

“He’s done well for Aston Villa, a brilliant club who are doing very well, but Jack’s got to be selfish. He’s got to look to step up to the next level.”

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