Manchester United are prepared to wait until late in the transfer window to sign Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, Grealish is expected back at Aston Villa for pre-season training at the end of the month as Manchester United refuse to be pressured into meeting his £80million price tag.
Reports from The Daily Mail states that the Red Devils are set to concentrate on wrapping up a deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho to bolster their options on the wing.
United officials are concerned at the tough stance of Villa’s billionaire owners over uncapped Grealish.
The Daily Mail claim that Aston Villa aren’t under any pressure to sell their homegrown talent despite just avoiding relegation from the Premier League this term
Villa’s ambitious co-owner Nassef Sawiris has huge plans for the club to get them back into Europe.
Grealish played a key role in Aston Villa’s campaign after the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international scored eight times and made six assists in 36 games in the Premier League last term.
The Aston Villa skipper has netted 25 times in 186 games in all competitions over the past seven seasons in the club’s first-team squad.
Sawiris is not making it easy for United to get their hands on Villa’s captain and talisman after they beat the drop on the final day.
United remain interested in Grealish, 24, who has been on their radar since before he signed his first professional deal at Villa as a 17-year-old.
But with the window open until October, Mirror Sport understands United are being patient in their pursuit.