£80m Aston Villa man closing in on summer move to Man Utd

Jack Grealish has allegedly told friends he has found a house to buy in Manchester, as he closes in on a transfer to the Red Devils.

Aston Villa’s captain has been heavily mentioned with a move to Old Trafford and he is expected to leave his boyhood club this summer.

Grealish has netted nine goals in all competitions from midfield this campaign for relegation-threatened Villa – although his contribution may not be enough to keep his side in the Premier League.

Another 1-0 defeat at home versus rivals Wolves saw Villa remain in the bottom three, having played a match more than their relegation rivals.

Regardless of whether the club stay in the Premier League or not, however, Jack is expected to move on.

United is his perfect destination and he has now identified a place to live should he complete his transfer to Old Trafford, according to the Express.

He started the process of scouring properties in the vicinity of to the Red Devils’ Carrington base earlier this year and has informed friends he has found somewhere.

Villa have slapped an £80 million price tag on Jack’s head and are refusing to budge on their valuation. Ole’s side are hopeful that fee will drop if the Villa fail to beat the drop.

On Saturday, the Old Trafford outfit booked their spot in the semi-finals of the FA Cup after beating Norwich City.

Odion Ighalo put the club in front before Todd Cantwell levelled things up to force extra time.

The club survived nearly the entire 30-minute period in spite of being down to 10 men after Tim Klose was sent off but defender Harry Maguire popped up with an 118th minute winner to send the Red Devils into the final four.

Man Utd wanted to land Colombia playmaker before €45m Monaco move

James Rodriguez reveals he has always harboured the ambition to play at Manchester United but turned down the chance to join them earlier in his professional career.

The Colombian star has enjoyed a highly successful career at a number of elite European sides, including the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

The attacking midfielder started his European career at Liga NOS club Porto but after establishing a reputation as one the talented prospects in world football, but took the unconventional step of choosing AS Monaco as his next club, despite significant interest from the Red Devils.

Explaining his decision Rodriguez told Rio Ferdinand’s ‘The Locker Room’: ‘Yes I think there was some kind of talk there. My manager has a great relationship with the club, his name is Jorge Mendes.

‘Well, we always dream of getting in a big club. Since I was a child I always admired Manchester, I always saw those teams with Rio together with Giggs and Scholes, there were a lot of prodigious players and I wanted to get there in that year. But it didn’t happen.

‘I thought I had to play for a club that wasn’t so big. From there I went to France just before the World Cup and my plan was to go to the World Cup have a great participation there, score goals, reach a good level and from there play for a big club and then the Real Madrid thing happened.’

Man Utd admit defeat in battle to keep Angel Gomes

Angel Gomes has failed to agree a new deal with Manchester United and is set to quit the club, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has announced.

Gomes, who has been mentioned with a move to Chelsea, has been locked in contract talks with the club for months but little progress has been made.

And with his existing deal set to expire tomorrow, Solskjaer admitted the academy product is set to leave. ‘I’ve got no news – nothing. So it doesn’t look it,‘ Ole said.

‘I’ve not heard from them (the club) last night or this morning, so it seems like they haven’t managed to agree. So the answer is probably short and yes (he’s going to leave).’

Gomes has long been considered as one of the most talented prospects in the club’s academy.

He has only appeared twice off the bench in the PL this season while starting three times in the UEFA Europa League.

The lack of senior team football, accompanied by the landing of Bruno Fernandes and the pursuit of Jack Grealish, is understood to be the main reason behind his concerns about committing his future to Old Trafford.

United senior figures were thought to have tabled a £30,000 per week offer for the 19-year-old.

Chelsea and Barcelona have both been touted with an interest and will be able to sign him on a free transfer, should no deal be agreed with the Red Devils before the end of the month.

In other news, Manchester United will allegedly have to offload at least four first-team stars during this summer’s transfer window to fund a big-money swoop for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.