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Lee Sharpe says ‘sensational’ Jack Grealish has ‘Manchester United written all over him’

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Jack Grealish is one of Manchester United’s top targets ahead of the summer transfer window (Picture: Getty)

Lee Sharpe claims Jack Grealish ‘has Manchester United written all over him’ and reckons the Aston Villa star could be a ‘sensational’ addition to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

Grealish, 24, was having an eye-catching individual campaign as captain of struggling Villa before the coronavirus crisis brought English football to a halt last month, racking up seven goals and six assists in the Premier League.

While Ed Woodward has warned that it may not be ‘business as usual’ for the Red Devils in the summer transfer window, the club are expected to press ahead with plans to strengthen their attacking options over the coming months.

Grealish has racked up seven goals and six assists in the league this season (Picture: Getty)

Grealish fits the profile of player that Solskjaer and United officials have been looking to recruit but the midfielder will not come cheap, with Villa demanding a fee of £80million for his signature whether or not they are relegated.

However, Old Trafford hero Sharpe believes Grealish would be worth the money as he has United DNA coursing through his veins.

Asked whether Grealish is ‘Manchester United material’, Sharpe told Superstar Speakers: ‘Totally. I think he’s got Man United written all over him.

‘I think John Terry being at the club has changed his attitude a little bit towards how important he is in games, how valuable he is, how much he needs to not give the ball away cheaply and see himself as a top-six player, a top European player.

Sharpe believes Grealish is perfect for his former club (Picture: Getty)

‘He has the ability, he goes past people with ease.

‘He transitions defence to attack quite easily, creates and scores goals and I think he’s got everything.

‘I think in a good team, where someone can’t single him out and there’s other players there to mark and he ends up getting more room – I think he’ll be sensational.’

Solskjaer is hoping to bolster his attacking options this summer (Picture: Getty)

Earlier this month, Solskjaer, like executive vice-chairman Woodward, attempted to dampen fans’ expectations ahead of the summer transfer window.

‘I think today’s world is different to what it was two months ago and we’ve got to adjust and adapt,’ the United head coach told Sky Sports.

‘There are clubs out there struggling more than us financially.

‘But still, it’s a new world and I think the transfer market will be completely different to what everyone thought it was going to be.

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‘We’re always looking to improve the squad. There’s uncertainty in the market now.

‘Who knows how football is going to be and how the market is going to be. I’m very happy with the squad I’ve got.’

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What Jurgen Klopp has told Timo Werner as Liverpool move stalls

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Timo Werner’s heart was set on a summer move to Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told Timo Werner his Liverpool dream has been put at risk by the coronavirus crisis.

The Germany international had been earmarked as a priority transfer target for the runaway Premier League leaders. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have powered Liverpool’s relentless pursuit of a first league title in 30 years, but Klopp was keen to add an extra level of competition.

Divock Origi, Adam Lallana and Xherdan Shaqiri are all likely to be deemed surplus to requirements come the summer, while January recruit Takumi Minamino has not yet fully adjusted to the demands of English football.

Werner has enjoyed another reputation enhancing season in the Bundesliga, scoring 24 goals in 28 appearances for Julian Nagelsman’s Champions League quarter finalists.

The 24-year-old is said to have had his heart set on a move to Anfield and is desperate to work under Klopp. Earlier this week it was reported that the Liverpool boss had been in contact with Werner via Zoom.

Timo Werner’s Red Bull Leipzig were held to a frustrating 2-2 draw by Hertha Berlin on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)

The Mirror claims Klopp has been brutally honest with the Germany international and spelled out the financial ramifications of the ongoing global pandemic. As recently as February, Liverpool had been willing to activate the versatile forward’s £50million release clause, but now value him at less than £30million.

Should Werner remain with Red Bull Leipzig for another 12 months, his release clause would drop by around £25m. The likes of Barcelona and Inter Milan have also been credited with an interest, while Premier League duo Manchester United and Chelsea have also been monitoring his situation.

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Leipzig, meanwhile, for their part are refusing to be bullied and will not sell one of their prize assets on the cheap.

Their CEO Oliver Mintzlaff said earlier this week: ‘It won’t get any cheaper. We will not sell a player below value if he is under contract for more than a year.

‘In general, we always ask the question: can we replace a player if we sell him for less than his market value?’

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Man Utd news: Real Madrid offer up four players in Paul Pogba swap deal

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Paul Pogba’s future has been a bone of contention for months (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Real Madrid are trying to tempt Manchester United into letting Paul Pogba go this summer by making a quartet of players available as part of a swap deal.

The La Liga side have been pursuing Pogba since last summer and will reignite their interest in the next transfer window, although it is unclear when that will open due to the coronavirus crisis.

The global health pandemic has caused economic uncertainty throughout football, so in a bid to avoid offering huge amounts of money for the Frenchman, Real are willing to put four players forward as part of the deal, reports the Sun.

Martin Odegaard is the most appealing of the four names, with Lucas Vazquez, James Rodriguez and Brahim Diaz all also reportedly on offer.

Martin Odegaard has enjoyed an impressive season on loan at Real Sociedad (Picture: Getty Images)

United are unlikely to be tempted by the offer, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now planning to reintegrate Pogba into the first team after missing much of the season through injury.

The World Cup winner has not started a game since September, but he is reportedly fit again after his ongoing ankle problem and will be available when the Premier League starts again – due to be in June.

Solskjaer is excited by the prospect of lining Pogba up in midfield with January signing Bruno Fernandes, a partnership which has United fans drooling at the prospect of.

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The pair have trained together this week and after Fernandes’ blistering start to life in the Premier League, they have the potential to form a dynamic midfield trio alongside either Fred, Scot McTominay or Nemanja Matic.

Pogba has just one year left on his current contract at Manchester United but there is an option for the club to extend it by a further year, which is looking increasingly likely.

With clubs around the world strapped for cash, and Real Madrid’s swap deal not particularly appealing, Pogba is looking more likely to stay than go.

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Odion Ighalo deserves long-term Man Utd deal, says Nigeria teammate Moses Simon

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Ighalo has scored four goals since moving to Old Trafford in January (Picture: Getty Images)

Odion Ighalo has proved himself and deserves to be tied down to a permanent contract at Manchester United, according to his Nigeria teammate Moses Simon.

The 30-year-old is set to return to parent club Shanghai Shenhua with his loan deal at Old Trafford due to expire at the end of the week.

After scoring four goals in eight games for United since joining in January, the club are yet to secure an extension to keep the striker until the end of the Premier League season.

The Red Devils are reportedly unsure if they want to pay £20 million to secure the forward on a long-term contract, but his fellow Nigeria international Simon believes he has proven his worth.

‘If the Manchester United deal can be sealed permanently, not just a loan deal, I think it will be good for his football, his family and for Nigerian football,’ Simon told Tribal Football.

‘Odion Ighalo has proved to be a good striker in Manchester United in the few games he played.

‘It will be good for Nigeria football to see Ighalo succeed at Old Trafford. He has shown good qualities of succeeding already.’

Ighalo has earned 35 caps for Nigeria (Picture: Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted earlier this week that United are ‘in dialogue’ with the Chinese Super League club to extend Ighalo’s deal.

‘The loan deal went until the end of May now, so obviously, he’s supposed to be going back,’ Solskjaer told MUTV.

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‘We’re in dialogue. They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allowed him to play for his dream club.

‘It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, hopefully with a trophy for us.

‘At the moment, nothing has been agreed. Their league is going to get started soon so we’re just waiting to see.’

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