A harem containing Southampton, Sunderland and former club Aston Villa are all vying to lure Ashley Young away from Manchester United in January, according to the Express.
Since starting the first three Premier League matches of the Louis van Gaal era, the influx of superstars at Old Trafford has bumped the former Watford youth way down the pecking order.
Reports suggest that the Red Devils – 3/5 to finish in the top four this term – would be willing to accept a sum of money significantly lower than the £20m they paid for the winger, lest they lose him for nothing upon the expiry of his contract in 2016.
An extension to said deal isn’t believed to be pending, but Man Utd must keep the one-time Watford academy graduate.
Young’s adaptability to perform capably in a number of positions will see him appreciate in value within the United ranks.
An international standard right or left-winger, the 29-year-old also demonstrated in the early exchanges of this campaign that he can do a job as a wing-back if required.
The tactical picture is forever shifting under Van Gaal and he’ll need versatile players to slot into the myriad systems he deploys.
His attacking exploits have often been underrated since joining the Old Trafford outfit.
Young made just 19 starts on his maiden season with the 20-time Premier League champions, but pulled his weight with six goals and seven assists.
Despite this, he made fewer line-ups the next time around and even less in 2013/14.
Clearly, he has the ability to find the net, as well as inform others of its whereabouts if given the chance to do so and this shouldn’t be underestimated.
Keeping Young on board will ensure the Red Devils continue to win lots of penalties and free-kicks.
The apparent ease with which the son of Stevenage is knocked off his feet has been discussed at length, but his know-how when it comes to drawing fouls is almost unrivalled.
Only Crystal Palace’s Andrew Johnson has won more Premier League penalties than Young, whose pace, guile and trickery is still sufficient to flummox even the most astute of defenders.