Manchester United remain highly interested in completing the transfer of Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish this summer.
The 24-year-old came under heavy criticism recently after ignoring government ‘stay at home’ guidelines to attend a party with former teammate Ross McCormack.
Grealish was disciplined and fined after the incident, and later posted an apology video asking for forgiveness.
It was inevitable that his attitude would be called into question and whether he would still be seen as an ideal transfer target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Solskjaer is placing as much importance in his rebuild on character and personality as he is talent and Grealish’s ignorance would not have impressed the Norwegian.
But as noted by the Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell, United are still ‘very much in pursuit’ of the playmaker who has actually done a lot of good off the field as well as on it.
United view the totemic Villa midfielder as a far more attainable option than Leicester City’s James Maddison.
Leicester would demand an excess of £100m for the 23-year-old, a ridiculous figure despite his impressive talent.
United were held to ransom before for Harry Maguire, who was albeit a necessary addition. In this scenario, there are cheaper and other talented options that can be prioritised over Maddison and Grealish is the ideal candidate.