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Ashley Young close to signing
Ashley Young's transfer from Aston Villa to Manchester United is close to being completed after the England international travelled north to undergo his medical examination on Wednesday. Young has already agreed personal terms and, if everything goes according to plan, an official announcement could take place on Thursday. United will not release the transfer value but it is thought to be around £15m. Young will be United's second summer signing following the arrival of Phil Jones earlier this month from Blackburn Rovers in a £16.5m move, possibly rising to £20.5m. A deal has also been put in place for the Spain Under-21 international goalkeeper David de Gea to join from Atlético Madrid, taking United's spending to about £50m and marking them out as the major movers in the transfer market so far this summer.
All the papers carry news of Ashley Young's reportedly imminent signing, with The Mirror also running a piece on Dimitar Berbatov. It claims the player's agent has "called for talks to end the uncertainty" over Berbatov's future. The paper says Paris St Germain have joined Bayern Munich and Tottenham in eyeing Berbatov, who has 12 months left on his deal at OT.