This is according to Sky Sports, who understand Aston Villa face stiff competition to turn Cleverley’s loan spell into a permanent transfer at the end of the season.
It’s understood that Aston Villa plan to offer Cleverley a permanent deal - despite the fact the England international has failed to score a goal or provide an assist in his previous 36 Premier League appearances - but on the premise that he agrees to a £30,000-a-week pay cut.
Cleverley could earn better money elsewhere
Cleverley is coming to the end of his £70,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford, meaning any of the clubs interested in securing his services will be able to sign him on a free transfer this summer.
But there’s every chance Cleverley could earn a more lucrative deal away from Villa Park - and this may tempt the 25-year-old to hold off signing a permanent contract with the Midlands outfit for the meantime.
Cleverley has offers from several clubs
Tottenham, Everton and West Ham are amongst the English clubs keen to sign Cleverley, while the central midfielder has also - according to Sky - received contract offers from clubs in Italy and Spain, as well as the Bundesliga club Schalke.
What’s certain is that Cleverley will not be returning to Manchester United this summer. Louis van Gaal has told the midfielder he is free to find another club, having failed to impress the veteran Dutch coach during the opening months of his tenure at Old Trafford.
Arsenal fans won't be happy
Cleverley has quietly gone about his business at Villa Park this season but the fact Arsene Wenger is still interested in the player, deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, is likely to disappoint many Arsenal fans.
Certainly, the reaction from the Gunners’ faithful was less-than-positive when their club was linked with a shock move for Cleverley last summer.
Arsenal have several similar players in their ranks, although Wenger may regard Cleverley as a potential back-up option for the team’s first-choice central midfielders if Abou Diaby leaves the club this summer.
In order to get his career back on track it’s essential that Cleverley is playing week-in, week-out - and the chances of that happening at the Emirates Stadium are extremely slim.
His dream is to force his way back into the reckoning for the England squad ahead of the 2016 European Championships in France - but while a move to Arsenal would re-boost his profile, it could also result in a prolonged spell on the subs’ bench.
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