Liverpool may have lost the fight against Manchester United in terms of league titles won but no sooner than United lifting their 19th league title will Liverpool beat them to signing one of England’s most promising wingers in the form of Ashley Young.
Both clubs are set to battle it out this summer as Young is 99% certain to leave Aston Villa at the end of this season as he has refused to sign a new contract. Young’s refusal in signing a new contract with Villa is a good thing as it lowers his transfer value. Young only has one more year left on his current deal and Villa would not want to lose him for free at the end of next season if they hold onto him, so they will be looking to offload him for something this sumer. A fee of £14 million is thought to be enough to get Aston Villa to sell. Young’s actual market value would be around £20 million, meaning that whoever signs Young is going to benefit from signing a player for much lower than his market value simply due to the stalling contract negotiations with Aston Villa and Young. Such financial benefits will certainly have FSG licking their lips.
Whilst still on the financial aspect of this deal, Young rejected a £75,000-a-week four-year deal from Villa. It may come down to who can offer more to Young in terms of wages between Liverpool and Manchester United. For me it is simple from a Liverpool point of view, we already have Joe Cole on the pay role on £90,000-a-week, so get rid of Cole and use his money to pay Young. I doubt that Manchester United would be willing to pay that kind of a salary to a player who could potentially not be a regular starter.
Which brings me to the point of regular first-team football.