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Manchester United 'missed out on Jack Grealish for £200,000'

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Aston Villa's Jack Grealish was reportedly close to signing for Manchester United for just £200,000 in 2012, having now emerged as one the Red Devils' top targets.

Manchester United reportedly missed out on Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish for just £200,000 in 2012 when the Englishman was a schoolboy.

The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from Villa Park in recent weeks, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side said to be the frontrunners for his signature.

However, former Aston Villa manager Alex Mcleish has revealed that Grealish was on the verge of a switch to Old Trafford when he was just 16, before offering him a fresh contract to stay at the Claret and Blue.

Speaking to The Mirror, Mcleish said: "Bryan told me Jack's contract was coming up and he was getting courted by Man United. All the heads of department at Aston Villa discussed it in a meeting and I agreed with Bryan Jones 100% that we had to keep him.

"Maybe it was unprecedented money we were giving to an academy kid. But it has turned out to be a great bit of business for Aston Villa."

Grealish has registered seven goals and six assists in the Premier League this season as Dean Smith's side prepare to take on Manchester City in Sunday's EFL Cup final at Wembley.

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool29271166214582
2Manchester CityMan City28183768313757
3Leicester CityLeicester29165858283053
4Chelsea29146951391248
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd29129844301445
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves29101364134743
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28111073025543
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs29118104740741
9Arsenal2891364036440
10Burnley29116123440-639
11Crystal Palace29109102632-639
12Everton29107123746-937
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2998122541-1635
14Southampton29104153552-1734
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton29611123240-829
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2976163550-1527
17Watford2969142744-1727
18Bournemouth2976162947-1827
19Aston Villa2874173456-2225
20Norwich CityNorwich2956182552-2721
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