Ashley Young is closing in on a return to Aston Villa.
Young is wanted by Dean Smith’s Villa as they look to strengthen a side that finished 11th in the Premier League last season.
The former England international is set to leave Inter Milan this summer despite playing a key role in the San Siro side’s Serie A title win.
Inter are said to be struggling financially and Young is now seeking a return to the Premier League 18 months after leaving Manchester United.
Young left Villa to join Manchester United in 2011 after four-and-a-half-years at the club.
A return for Young would deviates from Villa’s transfer policy but it would make a lot of sense for the club and the player.
Here’s everything we know about a potential Young move to Villa…
Deal could be wrapped up in next 24 hours
BirminghamLive has been informed of Villa’s interest and talks with the player’s representatives are underway.
Progress has been swift with the Telegraph reporting on Thursday that a deal could be completed in the next 24 hours, with Young set to become the club’s second signing of the summer.
Our colleagues at the Mirror previously confirmed that a move is ‘close’ with official confirmation expected.
Burnley and Watford were interested but Young, 35, prefers a return to Villa Park.
Where he would fit in at Villa
Over the past few years Young has adapted to play at full-back having spent most of his career as a winger.
Villa have just let two full-backs leave the club in Ahmed Elmohamady and Neil Taylor while Frederic Guilbert is likely to want regular football.
Young played at left-back for England in the 2018 World Cup and spent most of 2020-21 on the wing for Inter, helping Antonio Conte’s side clinch the Serie A title.
He would bring experience, versatility and know-how to a young Villa side.
What Young has said
Young was interviewed by Sky Sports News last month and was quizzed on reports linking him with a return to Watford.
“I’ve never said I wouldn’t like to go back there,” Young told Sky Sports. “It’s the club where I started and where I learned my trade from when I was 10 years old but right now it’s just rumours.
“There is nothing that my representatives or the club have said about anything that was happening, or was going to be done.
“They’d have been on the phone, they’d have rung me, but I don’t think there’s any substance in it. It would be a difficult decision to make.”
Villa fans repond to potential move
“The thought of seeing Young and Jack Grealish, my two favourite players ever, in the same Villa side is making me lose any objectivity when it comes to this move,” one Villa supporter on social media said.
“Anyone saying they wouldn’t have Ashley Young back if the rumours are true are ridiculous,” another added.
A third fan said: “All our recruitment has been young and hungry players over the last few seasons. Young, as great as he was, does not fit that mould anymore.”
While another added: “Please bring him home. It would be good to get an experienced and capable back up option anyway.”
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