BARCELONA and Real Madrid have joined Manchester United’s hunt for Aston Villa’s attacking midfielder Jack Grealish.
Both Spanish giants are tracking the exciting 24-year-old as they identify their top transfer targets for the summer.
Grealish’s sparkling form has convinced a number of Premier League and European clubs he is the real deal.
And he has not escaped notice from Spain’s top two clubs.
Now Villa are steeling themselves for offers at the end of this campaign.
Birmingham-born Grealish is likely to have his pick over who he wants to join, whether or not he helps Villa avoid relegation this season.
But though United would have no trouble paying any fee Villa demand — which could be as high as £80million — they could be hampered if they are unable to offer him Champions League football.
If United fail to finish in the top four or win the Europa League, they would have less appeal than their biggest rivals in the battle for his signature.
Grealish was even linked with neighbours City early last month.
Etihad chief Pep Guardiola said then: “He’s incredible. A top player.
“I’m happy he (initially) stayed in the Championship to defend his club.
“He’s a talented player who always creates something. An exceptional player but too expensive for Manchester!”