Xisco Munoz’s Watford side are interested in bringing Ashley Young back to Vicarage Road this summer.
That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who revealed on Twitter that the Hornets have opened talks with the 35-year-old midfielder regarding a potential return to the club.
The Italian journalist also claims that, should Inter Milan chose not to extend his contract at the San Siro, there will be a “huge chance” of the switch to Watford going through.
So far this season, Young has been in decent form over his 23 Serie A appearances for Antonio Conte’s side, with the midfielder registering three assists and creating two big chances, as well as making an average of 1.1 key passes per match, culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 6.73 – ranking him as the club’s 19th-best performer in the Italian top flight.
However, while Watford could well be in need of a new left-back this summer, with Achraf Lazaar looking likely to leave the club at the end of the season, and with Young demonstrating at his time at both Manchester United and Inter that he is capable of playing in the position, there is still one overarching negative to his potential signing.
Currently, the England international is reported to earn a whopping £91,000-per-week at Inter, an amount that would comfortably make him Watford’s highest earner – topping Troy Deeney’s weekly wage by around £14,000.
And, with the 35-year-old potentially arriving on a free transfer, along with Watford receiving a windfall of Premier League cash following their promotion from the Championship, it is not an unlikely scenario that Young would demand a higher wage than he currently takes home a week in Italy in his potential switch back to the club.
As such, an extremely substantial weekly wage for a player with not many years left ahead of him in his footballing career would not appear to be a very forward-thinking or cost-effective move from Cristiano Giaretta and the Watford hierarchy, regardless of how romantic a return to Vicarage Road may be for Young.
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