Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning a £160million swoop to snap up Jack Grealish AND James Maddison this summer.
And Manchester United’s boss hopes the fact the pair are close pals could tip the mega double-raid in his favour. Aston Villa skipper Grealish, Maddison and his Leicester team-mate Ben Chilwell jetted off to Dubai during the Prem’s winter break.
Solskjaer is preparing for life without Old Trafford’s £89m record buy Paul Pogba, with United have cut their asking price by £30m to £150m. Whatever they get for the French midfield star will be handed to Solskjaer to add to his transfer pot for bringing in new talent.
He wants to continue the reconstruction of his squad’s attacking options, having already landed £46.6m Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon. And he is being backed by under-fire executive vice- chairman Ed Woodward who said: “As part of the rebuild we see this summer as an important opportunity.”
Maddison, 23, has opened talks with Leicester over a new deal. But a £90m move to United would see him command a salary of £200,000 a week – double the money on offer at the King Power. Star midfielder Grealish has been at Aston Villa for 18 years since joining at the age of six. But the £70m-rated star is beginning to accept he will have to quit his beloved club to boost his England hopes and also play at the top end of the Premier League and in Europe.Photo Credit: Getty