Aston Villa and England winger Ashley Young will officially sign for Manchester United later this month, once he returns from a personal holiday.
The in-demand forward has been given assurances by Sir Alex Ferguson regarding his role at Old Trafford – both positionally and in terms of playing time – and will move from Villa Park for a fee in the region of £16m.
Young had been a top target for both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur this summer, but the prospect of Champions League football and the allure of the reigning Premier League champions was enough to help him make his decision.
Furthermore, with the current managerial uncertainty at Villa, even moreso following Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez snubbing the former European Cup winners yesterday, Young felt that now was the right time to move to a bigger stage, following four productive years in the West Midlands.
One player who will not be joining Young at Old Trafford is the Internazionale and Holland playmaker Wesley Sneijder.
The Dutch maestro, outstanding during Inter’s treble winning campaign and Holland’s run to the World Cup final last year, plans to remain at the Milan giants.
“There is a family atmosphere at Inter and there are all the ingredients to aim high. Milan is marvellous, picturesque and full of elegance. I love it. At the moment I am very happy here and I don’t see why I should leave” said the midfielder.
His £190k per week wages – before bonuses and after tax – would have also proved a stumbling block for United, who will now press ahead with their two other main midfield targets: Spurs outstanding midfielder Luka Modric, and Arsenal’s French midfielder Samir Nasri, who has only one year remaining on his deal at the Emirates Stadium.