In-demand Aston Villa winger Ashley Young has been given the green light to complete his long-awaited move to Manchester United reports The Sun.
The 25-year-old England international midfielder has been heavily linked with the Villa Park exit door after expressing his ambition to play in the Champions League.
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson attempted to bring Young to Old Trafford in January, but his advances were knocked back by the Midlands club’s officials.
Villa chairman Randy Lerner has flown to England to begin the interviewing process ahead of the appointment of a new manager following confirmation that Gerard Houllier will not return to the Aston Villa post.
And the American-based businessman is also set to hold talks with Young before giving his blessing over a £16million move to Manchester United.
"I'm going to talk to him [Lerner] this week," confirmed Young speaking after last weekend's Euro 2012 qualifying draw with Switzerland where he came off the bench to get on the score sheet.
"As a kid you always want to play in the best competitions," he continued. "I always wanted to play in the Champions League - and hopefully one day I will."
With only 12months left on his existing deal, Villa are reluctant to let their star player leave, but risk losing him for nothing in a year's time.
The club's board, players and staff though now look to have given up hope of convincing Young to resist the temptation of linking up with Manchester United - the recently crowned Barclays Premier League champions.
Today's developments suggest that Ferguson has already moved to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season with the addition of highly rated Blackburn Rovers defender Phil Jones,.
Jones is said to be at Old Trafford currently undergoing a medical before flying out to Denmark to link up with the England U21 squad this summer, and will join the Reds in a £15million deal.
That move could quickly be eclipsed by the capture of Young who would represent another exciting, young English talent, suggesting that the future will remain bright at Manchester United for many years to come.
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