Manchester United transfer news: Ashley Young set to leave Old Trafford and join Inter Milan after turning down new contract

Ashley Young
Ashley Young

Ashley Young seems set to leave Manchester United and join Inter Milan in the summer after turning down the offer of a new contract at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils captain was linked with the Serie A side on Tuesday, which prompted United to then come forward with the offer of a new one-year contract.

However, it seems that the 34-year-old would prefer to leave Old Trafford as he has now turned down that contract offer and will now presumably join Inter Milan this summer.

Young can sign a pre-contract with Inter in a similar fashion to Aaron Ramsey's protracted move to Juventus last season, although he's yet to do so.

Young could still leave in the January transfer window though, with his contract expiring at the end of the season anyway.

Young has played 261 times for the club but is now mainly a squad player, and he missed out on playing in Tuesday's Carabao Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after that game that he wanted to try and keep his players together, but it now seems that Young is wanting to jump ship.

"We need the players we have in the squad," he said.

"We've got a few months left of the season and we can't weaken ourselves, we need to strengthen if any movement is going to happen."


Analysis - Paul Higham

You'd never have thought that losing Ashley Young would ever been seen as a body blow to Manchester United, but the way this has played out has been another PR disaster for the Red Devils.

Firstly, Solskjaer saying that the club wouldn't "weaken itself" by losing players they didn't want to - only to then do exactly that.

Young has been linked with Inter Milan before, so it wasn't a massive surprise to see that link emerge again with his contract expiring in the summer - but then United raised the stakes by offering him a new one-year contract.

That was seen as a knee-jerk reaction and almost a mark of desperation when having their hand forced by a player that was only ever operating in a squad role.

To then have Young turn down that contract offer was a massive body blow - and one of those classic situations where losing the PR battle is far worse than losing the actual player himself.

Losing Young shouldn't hurt them too much, but the way they lost him is another blow to a club struggling to keep their lofty reputation.

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