Tottenham Hotspur have turned their attentions to Manchester United winger Ashley Young in the wake of hearing that Yannick Bolasie is only for sale at £25million.
According to the Daily Mirror, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to recruit a new wide-man this summer and has Bolasie at the top of his list. However, Alan Pardew and the powers that be at Selhurst Park aren’t willing to entertain negotiations and have slapped a £25m price-tag on their man.
As a result it’s believed Spurs will now look elsewhere to sate Pochettino’s desires, with United man Young another logical option.
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The former Aston Villa man struggled to impress under both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes but has looked somewhat resurgent since the arrival of Louis van Gaal.
Now 30, it’s likely he doesn’t have a long-term future at Old Trafford, although he has travelled with the squad for their pre-season tour of the US.
Young at United
With that in mind it’s clear that Van Gaal values his involvement within the squad, even if some fans remain unconvinced over his ability to consistently perform at the highest level.
In any case Spurs are interested enough to want to approach United over the possibility of taking him to north London, although it makes sense to assume Young will have to take a hit on his current £110,000-a-week wages if he does transfer to White Hart Lane.
It looks to be a big if at the moment, particularly as Angel Di Maria’s protracted switch to Paris Saint-Germain is very much on the cards. If the Argentina international leaves Van Gaal will be relieved of a natural winger, so he might not want to relinquish Young unless the offer from Spurs is substantial.
Will Spurs pay?
Of course the logical question is whether or not Tottenham will stump up a significant fee for Young if they’ve baulked at paying one for Bolasie.
Whilst the United man won’t command anywhere close to £25m, from the sounds of things he is second to his Palace counterpart in Pochettino’s pecking order, so the situation has plenty of variables to be factored in.
United fans, do you think Van Gaal should let Young leave if Spurs come in for him? Let us know in the comments box below what you think.