Arsenal consider surprise move for Tom Cleverley

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Arsenal are considering a surprise summer move for Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, but face stiff competition for his signature from Everton, Aston Villa and Southampton.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the Toffees have already opened negotiations with the soon-to-be-departing Red Devils ace - who spent the 2014/15 campaign on loan at Villa Park - as Roberto Martinez attempts to lure the 25-year-old on Merseyside.

Cleverley worked with the Everton boss during a previous loan spell at Wigan Athletic back in 2010, and he's keen to be reunited with the former England international at Goodison Park.

However, Martinez might struggle to convince the Old Trafford outcast to commit his long-term future if Arsene Wenger decides to offer Cleverley the chance to move to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have much stronger competition for places in midfield, but the opportunity of joining another Champions League club could be too good for the rejuvenated midfielder to turn down.

Villa head coach Tim Sherwood had been hoping the free agent would want to stay in the Midlands, particularly after enjoying such an upturn in form following his arrival in the wake of Paul Lambert's sacking.

Cleverley has already been informed by Louis van Gaal that he's surplus to requirements at the Theatre of Dreams, so he knows his future definitely lies away from Manchester United. But, where the Basingstoke-born star will be plying his trade next season, at this stage, is anyone's guess.

Southampton have also been mooted as admirers of the player, and Ronald Koeman has already proved capable of getting the best out of young English talent after just one season at St Mary's, so a move to the south coast might also prove tempting. 

Last week, Cleverley said he wants his situation resolved before he gets married this summer, meaning a decision is likely to be made in around two weeks, leaving plenty of time to prepare for pre-season with his new employers. 

Where do you think Tom Cleverley will be playing his football next season? Arsenal, Everton, Aston Villa or Southampton? Which would be the best option, and why? Have your say in the comment box below...

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