Most Aston Villa supporters would be surprised to see Ashley Young in the squad by the start of the new season, with the England international having made little secret of the fact that he wants to be playing Champions League football.
That means a likely move to one of the top four teams in last season’s Premier League and it appears that champions Manchester United are ready to splash the cash for the winger who will help to improve Sir Alex Ferguson’s options in the midfield area.
With Paul Scholes retiring and Ryan Giggs coming to the end of his career, it is clear that this is a department which the Red Devils need to bolster and reports suggest that Young’s representatives are currently speaking with Manchester United.
The 25-year-old made an impact when appearing as a second-half substitute agaisnt Switzerland last Saturday, scoring the equaliser which ensured that England remain unbeaten in their Euro 2012 qualifying group.
With Stewart Downing also looking at his options this summer, it could be a testing time for the manager that Aston Villa eventually appoint, with Roberto Martinez currently the bookmaker favourite.