Cesc Fabregas is up there with the top midfielders to have played in the Premier League. He has offered his advice to Jack Grealish about a potential move from Aston Villa to Manchester this summer.
While Manchester United have been linked with the England playmaker for the best part of a year, it sounds like Manchester City are leading the race for Grealish – with his future up in the air.
The 25-year-old’s performances last season (six goals and 10 assists) earned him a place in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad, but he has been a substitute in their first two games at the tournament. He came off the bench against Scotland but the Three Lions were unable to score a winner as the game ended as a scoreless draw.
Fabregas believes that Grealish should focus on the Euros this summer to prove that he is ready to play at the highest level because he doesn’t think the Villa star would be a guaranteed starter at United or City.
In his column for The Telegraph, the Monaco midfielder said: “In the specific case of Grealish, this has been his first big season where everyone outside Aston Villa talks about him.
“I don’t know what his future will be, but there could potentially be a big move for him, so he needs to show he is ready for any situation.
“If he did move to a Manchester City or Manchester United, nobody will guarantee that Jack Grealish will start every single game and these kinds of clubs will be looking to see that he is ready to compete.
“It’s similar for [Jadon] Sancho, even though he was not in the squad for the first game, and these players like him and Grealish can have very important tournaments for England, even if it is off the bench to start with.”
United already have Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes — not to forget Donny van de Beek, Juan Mata and possibly Jesse Lingard unless he is moved on this summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a defensive midfielder to help improve the side defensively and to allow the players further forward to truly express themselves.