Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified eight transfer targets for Manchester United, including Aston Villa’s John McGinn and Jack Grealish.
According to ESPN, the United boss has drawn up a shortlist of potential recruits and has focused on the midfield and forward line as the key areas he needs to strengthen.
Jadon Sancho, James Maddison, Declan Rice, Moussa Dembele, Callum Wilson and Erling Haaland are the other names said to be on the Norwegian’s shortlist.
Dean Smith’s Aston Villa side have had a mixed start to the season and currently sit one point above the relegation zone. Grealish and McGinn have been stand out performers in midfield and appear to have caught the eye of United’s manager.
The Reds are lacking in creativity midfield options and both McGinn and Grealish would offer a spark that Solskjaer desires.
Grealish has two goals and three assists in 10 Premier League appearances this season. McGinn ,meanwhile, has three goals and two assists in 12 league games.
Andreas Pereira has just one goal and one assists in 10 Premier League games so far this season for the Reds, operating in advanced positions.
It’s clear that United need to sign an attacking midfielder with more quality in the final third. Leicester City’s James Maddison, who is also on the shortlist, should be the man United prioritise in the role.
Grealish and McGinn are both vital to Aston Villa’s chances of survival and there is no reason for the club to sell their prized assets unless an extraordinary bid is made in January.