Young leaning towards big-money move to China

Ashley Young is considering cutting ties with Manchester United and becoming the latest high-profile name to move to the Chinese Super League, according to The Mirror.

What’s the latest?

Earlier this week, The Sun reported that the former England international has been offered £10m a year by Shandong Luneng.

Now, The Mirror claim that Young is seriously considering making a move to the Far East after dropping down the pecking order under manager Jose Mourinho.

The winger has made just nine appearances in all competitions, and only two of them have been starts in the Premier League.

The British newspaper reports that Young is frustrated by the lack of first-team opportunities on offer, but instead of joining another Premier League club (West Bromwich Albion are said to be interested), he is leaning towards the lucrative Chinese Super League.

It is believed that United would be willing to sell, but are looking for a fee in the region of £10m for the ex-Aston Villa player.

Should the Chinese league be taken seriously?

Due to the astronomical wages being offered by clubs in the Far East, many have suggested that players are vacating more competitive leagues purely for a big pay day.

Carlos Tevez, Graziano Pelle, John Obi Mikel and Oscar are among the high-profile names that have made their way over to China in the past 12 months or so.

In Tevez’s case, you could argue that he is looking for one last big pay check before retiring, but Pelle, Mikel and Oscar are 31, 29 and 25 respectively, and have plenty of years left at the top level.

The same could be said for Young, who at the age of 31 could become a first-team regular at a Premier League or Championship outfit.

At the moment, the Chinese top flight does not hold much weight with regards to prestigious leagues in the world of football, but if they continue to lure top players to their shores, maybe one day it will.