Manchester United have received a huge boost in their pursuit of Ashley Young, with the 25-year-old admitting he hopes to play for a club that can offer Champions League football.
The Manchester Evening News believes that United are ready to 'wrap up' the deal this week for the Aston Villa star, after Young was quoted as saying he hopes to join a club that can offer European experience.
"I've always had the belief I can play at the highest level,” Young said.
"I've always had self-belief. I've always had the confidence I can play at the highest level.
"I want to test myself at World Cups, European Championships and the Champions League.
"As a kid you always want to play in the best competitions. As a kid I wanted to play in the Champions League - and hopefully one day I will.
"People say the prime of your careers is aged 25, 26, 27. I'm 26 next month so hopefully I'm coming into my prime."
Liverpool were also reportedly interested in signing Young, but the England international is tipped to head to Manchester United after a very successful season for the club, in which they won the title and played in the Champions League final.
Young has one year left on his contract with Villa, and the side will be looking to offload the star for a sum in the vicinity of £15 million. And after Manchester United reportedly handed Sir Alex Ferguson a £50 million transfer budget, Young is well within the manager’s range.