La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid have joined in the race to sign Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish who has also been linked with Manchester United, according to The Sun.
Both the Spanish arch-rivals are reportedly keeping an eye on the England international as they start looking for their summer transfer targets.
Real Madrid’s and Barca’s interest in Grealish, should the reports bears fruit, will come as a major blow to the Red Devils who are intent on signing the 24-year-old as their new playmaker.
Grealish has been performing spectacularly for Dean Smith’s side this campaign, even though the Villans are currently one point above the relegation zone.
The midfielder’s impressive form has sparked interest amongst the Premier League top six teams with top European sides in the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid not left behind in the race for Grealish’s signature.
It is believed that Solskjaer’s side are prioritizing the Birmingham-born star over Leicester City ace James Maddison who is reportedly close to signing a new contract with his club.
The Manchester club would likely have no problem meeting a huge asking fee, which is reportedly around £60million, but they could be hampered if they failed to deliver Champions League football in the next season.
The Red Devils’ chances of Champions League football for next season looks bleak at the moment and if they are unable to finish in the top four this season or win the Europa League title, they could lose the transfer race to Spain’s two best clubs
Man United are currently seventh at the league table and are six points adrift fourth-placed Chelsea, having won nine and losing eight matches this season.