Manchester United eye up double swoop after holding talks with Aston Villa over prime target Jack Grealish and monitoring developments with Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek
- Manchester United have held talks with Aston Villa over £80m star Jack Grealish
- Grealish remains a prime target for United after a move for Jadon Sancho stalled
- The club are also keeping a close eye on Donny van de Beek’s situation at Ajax
- The 24-year-old midfielder was left out of the squad for the friendly on Saturday
Van de Beek was left out of Ajax’s squad for their friendly with Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday amid speculation the club had received a bid.
Manchester United have held talks with Aston Villa over £80million rated star Jack Grealish
United are confirmed admirers and Ajax coach Erik ten Haag admitted: ‘There are indeed developments that prevent him from being in the selection. We are looking at how that will end.’
United, though, maintain they are merely monitoring the 23-year-old’s situation at this stage amid rival interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid who had put a deal in place for the £45m-rated Holland international last year.
United defender Chris Smalling, meanwhile, is due to return to training with the club on Monday. Roma maintain an interest in re-signing the 30-year-old after his impressive loan.
United are monitoring Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek after his absence from a friendly
The club have been unable to reinforce Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad so far in this window
Huddersfield Town took the opportunity to check on United midfielder James Garner during Saturday’s 3-3 draw between their respective U23 sides.
Huddersfield signed United goalkeeper Joel Pereira on loan for the season but are also keen on stylish 19-year-old Garner.
Meanwhile, Quinton Fortune, United’s U23 assistant coach is in discussions about joining Championship side Reading as an assistant to new boss Veljko Paunovic.