In Focus: United cashing in on Ashley Young would be smart

As reported in an exclusive by The Sun, Ashley Young is the latest English Premier League player being targeted by a mega-rich Chinese club.

What’s the story?

With the likes of Oscar already making the move to China this month, the big money coming from China has put a number of Premier League clubs on alert, worried about losing some of their top talent.

Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng are the latest set to table a serious offer, hoping to secure the signature of Man United star Ashley Young this January, according to The Sun.

Young’s contract at United doesn’t expire until next year so the club would expect to be well compensated if the club’s reported £10m per annum offer in wages to Young, as reported by the paper, comes to pass.

Sell or keep?

Ashley Young has started just five games for Manchester United this season, only two of them coming in the Premier League. He’s struggled to force his way into the plans of Jose Mourinho.

Since that’s the case, there’s no point in keeping a valuable asset sitting on the bench or even out of matchday squads altogether when there’s potential money on the table.

At the age of 31 and with just 18 months remaining on his Old Trafford deal, there’s unlikely to be a future for the England international at the club.

Ashley Young’s best performances for United this season have come from right-back but with Antonio Valencia making that position his own at Old Trafford and Mourinho likely seeking improvement in the position, there’s not much room left for the former Aston Villa man.

A move away is likely regardless of what’s on offer from China, but if United can do good business for decent money than that’s a massive bonus for Mourinho.