Manchester United should make a move for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, says Robbie Savage (Picture: Getty)
Robbie Savage has urged Manchester United to sign Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish ahead of Daniel James and Sean Longstaff this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to overhaul United’s squad after a dismal end to the season and several names are being linked as the club look to bolster their options at full-back, centre-back, in central midfield and in attack.
Swansea winger James is reportedly on the cusp of a £15 million switch to Old Trafford and United are also weighing up a £25m bid for Newcastle midfielder Longstaff.
However, Savage believes the Red Devils should prioritise a move for ‘the best player in the Championship’, Aston Villa’s Grealish.
‘If I were Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the first signing on my list this summer would be Jack Grealish,’ he told The Daily Mirror.
‘If the rumours are true, and Manchester United are looking at Swansea’s Daniel James and Newcastle prospect Sean Longstaff as possible signings, I would go for Grealish ahead of them.
Grealish has impressed Savage
Grealish has impressed Savage (Picture: Getty)
‘Even if Aston Villa win promotion on Monday, Grealish is the player I would move heaven and earth to wear the red shirt of United. As the best player in the Championship, he would cost a lot for Solskjaer to buy.
‘But Grealish glides past opponents, took on the Villa captaincy at a young age and thrived on the responsibility.
‘Jack’s the lad. He’s the one United should be looking to sign ahead of anyone else.’
Solskjaer is looking to rebuild United’s spine with young, homegrown talent this summer and Grealish, who is on the verge of promotion with Villa, would appear to fit the bill.
The 23-year-old midfielder reportedly has a £60m release clause in his contract at Villa Park.
Savage has told United to sign Grealish ahead of James and Longstaff
Savage has told United to sign Grealish ahead of James and Longstaff (Picture: Getty)
Solskjaer has insisted that he’s only interested in signing players with the right ‘work ethic’ for United.
‘We’ve tried to educate our players and our kids to be proper people. In my years, the best players have always been the best people,’ he told United’s official app earlier this month.
‘You have to have that value system – do you say that? A certain kind of attitude about you to make a Manchester United player.
‘You have got to have qualities and our fans want to see exciting players. We want to get up from our seats. You see defenders who defend, like that’s their life, that’s the most important thing.
‘When we go to press with Jesse and Marcus, in the games against Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Chelsea, when we start these games, our fans clap a striker making a tackle.
‘That’s the way it’s been and in our culture. You have to have that work ethic and we’re scouting the market trying to find the right ones.’