The Wales international has reportedly fallen out with Italian boss Roberto Mancini and a move for the left-sided attacking Benfica star would appear to signal his exit.
Young is also highly-fancied by the mega rich club who may offload the likes of Bellamy, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Martin Petrov at the end of the season, the latter two both playing hard-ball over new contracts much to the club's chagrin.
City slicker: Manchester City are reportedly keen to land Villa's Ashley Young (R)
Young's Villa team-mate James Milner is also well regarded by City's football administrator Brian Marwood but he could cost upwards of £24million.
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