Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish reportedly favours a summer move to Manchester United amid interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.

According to an exclusive report by The Sun, Jack Grealish prefers to join Manchester United if he decides to leave Aston Villa in the summer transfer window. The English midfielder is also being linked with Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Grealish has come a long way since being touted as one of the most promising young English midfielders in his breakout campaign in 2014-15. Having chosen to stay with Aston Villa despite their status as a second-tier team for a few years until this season, the 24-year-old has skyrocketed in stature at Villa Park.

Now Villa’s talisman, Grealish is spearheading the club’s bid to stave off relegation and enjoying an incredible campaign, with 9 goals and 7 assists in 27 appearances across all competitions. His exploits, though, have piqued the interest of Manchester United, among other big-name clubs.

Set to join Manchester United? (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Set to join Manchester United? (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

At Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already bolstered his options by signing attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes in the January transfer window. However, with the threat of a possible departure of Paul Pogba looming, Solskjaer needs to keep his options, seeing as he already appears to be a little lightweight in terms of midfield options.

To that end, signing Grealish would be a step in the right direction for Manchester United, with the 24-year-old equally adept when deployed in the middle of the park or on the left wing. Solskjaer has previously failed to rule out a move for the Aston Villa superstar and it now looks as if United are ready to get serious with their interest in him.

Pogba’s future will be a factor in Manchester United’s move for Grealish, who prefers a switch to Old Trafford as well, should he decide to leave Aston Villa in the summer. The Red Devils, though, will have to shell out £60 million in order to secure the services of the Englishman.

Spanish powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona are also interested in signing Grealish, but the fact that he favours a move to Manchester United instead means the La Liga duo will face an uphill task in prising him away from Aston Villa. It now remains to be seen if United can land Grealish in the summer, considering they ought to now be the favourites in the race to sign him.

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