Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley will agree to make a move to Premier League side Aston Villa, but only if his current club agree to a £1 million pay-off.
The Daily Express this morning claims that the 25-year-old is demanding to recoup the losses from the £2.6 million he would have made had he seen out his current deal at Old Trafford - which has another two years left to run - and as such believes he is entitled to at least £2 million.
Whilst Villa are said to have agreed to pay their half of the figure United have yet to decide, and therefore have the final say on whether he says or goes.
Cleverley at United
Despite having been tipped for big things when he first emerged on the scene at United, Cleverley has failed to deliver more often than not. The midfielder garnered the bulk of the criticism aimed at the squad following the disappointment of last term’s campaign, and it’s fair to say there wouldn’t be too much furore from the stands were he to be shipped through the exit door.
Louis van Gaal too appears to deem him surplus to requirements in his new-look United team, having left him out of the squad altogether for this weekend’s draw at Burnley. That particular omission could hammer the final nail into Cleverley’s coffin, with both Villa and La Liga outfit Valencia interested in pursuing a deal.
Yet it’s Paul Lambert’s Villa, who have yet to lose a game this season, who are said to be the frontrunners for the United man’s signature, with former Red Devils hero Roy Keane believed to have been integral to talks which convinced Cleverley that his future may lie at Villa Park.
It now seems as though the 13-time England international, who could leave for as little as £8 million, is ready to make a switch to the Midlands-based side, and the construction of a deal prior to tonight’s deadline rests in the hands of United. Should they opt to pay Cleverley the £1 million sum he feels he is deserved of then negotiations are there to be made, though it remains to be seen whether or not he will say yes to a departure if they aren’t.
As was always going to be the case a number of United’s first-team flops find themselves on the way out of Old Trafford, with a series of talks said to be in the offing. Shinji Kagawa has already returned to former club Borussia Dortmund and Javier Hernandez is said to be on the verge of confirming a move to Real Madrid.
Meanwhile the futures of Nani and Anderson are far from secure, whilst loan deals for a number of young players on the books could be formalised in the coming hours.