According to The Evening Standard, Crystal Palace are rivalling Inter Milan for Ashley Young’s signature, while Lazio have emerged as another potential destination.
Well, The Evening Standard‘s report barely mentions the south Londoners other than in the title and one line in the article, although Young’s future at Manchester United definitely seems uncertain.
The Red Devils ‘hastily’ prepared a one-year contract extension in a bid to keep the 39-cap England international, with his current deal set to expire in the summer – however, that was rejected.
Young is attracting interest from Inter Milan, and has received assurances from Antonio Conte that he still wants him at the San Siro despite the Italian’s pursuit of another left-back in Leonardo Spinazzola.
Despite Crystal Palace’s interest, it is believed that the former Aston Villa man wants to play in another country before he retires.
While speaking on the HLTCO podcast, The Athletic’s Dominic Fifield let slip an interesting piece of information.
Fifield: “There’s an acceptance from the club at all levels that we need to lower the average age of the squad, it’s the oldest in the Premier League, everyone’s working to change that but the links to Michy Batshuayi won’t go away for a reason, which is that Palace love him.” pic.twitter.com/Odl56BeaYH
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He revealed that there is an ‘acceptance’ from the club ‘at all levels’ that the average age of the squad is too high, given that it is the oldest in the Premier League – only Max Meyer, Jairo Riedewald, Connor Wickham and Brandon Pierrick are under the age of 27.
Fifield adds that ‘everyone’s working to change that’ in regards to the age of the squad – in that respect, signing a 34-year-old Young would make a complete mockery of that ‘acceptance’ from the club.
It would, in fact, make the former Watford man the oldest player in the entire squad by a couple of months, seeing as he was born in July of 1985 whereas Gary Cahill – also 34 – was born in December of that same year.
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Throw in the fact that Young earns £120k-a-week at Old Trafford and The Evening Standard mention nothing about a pay cut, and this would be a downright ridiculous move from the south Londoners.
In other news, Roy Hodgson has a good excuse for Crystal Palace’s snail-like pace over the festive period…