United have been focusing their efforts on signing Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, but the German club are reluctant to compromise on their terms.
Executive vice-chairman and underperformer Ed Woodward wants to pay less up front than Dortmund are asking for, and there have been reported concerns over the wage demands of Sancho.
United have made it clear that they are wary of spending during the coronavirus pandemic, and they must be delighted to have an excuse not to spend after years of looking for other reasons not to support their manager. In truth, United have a history of backing their manager for a single season before cutting off his legs to rid the club of any positive momentum.
While the rumours around the club have dwindled to back up the idea that Woodward is failing to do anything sensible like have a list of back-ups. However, that could be incorrect if the speculation over Grealish is true.
It was reported back in January (I think - I wrote the story) that the 24-year-old England not international has already agreed terms should a move to United materialise, and he could be available for £75 million from Aston Villa.
United could probably find that an easier deal to complete, and may be aided by Pepe Reina’s move to Lazio. They have just signed Dean Henderson to a long term deal, which means that they could send him out on loan for another season as part of any deal for Grealish.
They may also be able to send Sergio Romero to Aston Villa on loan or permanently to knock some money off the transfer fee for Grealish. United remain in need of a central midfielder and a defender, but let’s walk before we can even think about walking slightly faster.