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10 Apr 2010 01:49:32

Ashley Young 22m target for Spanish superpowers Barcelona and Real Madrid

Barcelona and Real Madrid are lining up summer bids for Aston Villa winger Ashley Young. The Spanish giants are battling to sign Franck Ribery from Bayern Munich, but have Young lined up as an alternative once the France star chooses his destination. Madrid's interest in England star Young stretches back to last summer, but Barca have now entered the race amid fears that Real advisor Zinedine Zidane will convince Ribery to sign on at the Bernabeu. Flying man: Ashley Young has been in irresistable form for Aston Villa since joining them from Watford, and has earned international recognition (below) Pep Guardiola admires Young's ability to play on either flank and Nou Camp insiders believe he would be available for about £22million. Barca would be prepared to offer a part-exchange deal with Alexander Hleb, the former Arsenal player who is keen on a return to England after conceding he has no future at his present club. Former Watford star Young, 24, has gained international attention after breaking into Fabio Capello's England side and he looks a shoo-in for the World Cup. Given the tensions surrounding Martin O'Neill's relationship with the Villa fans and club owner Randy Lerner, he is likely to be none too pleased about a move for one of his star men. In 43 appearances this season, he has scored nine and notched 13 assists.  ASTON VILLA v Chelsea: James Milner and Richard Dunne set to feature in semi-final showdownFancy an artwork by Wayne Rooney? Forty Premier League stars draw self-portraits for charity Aston Villa's Richard Dunne faces race to be fit for FA Cup semi with ChelseaMilner in line for Aston Villa comeback in FA Cup semi-final with ChelseaEL CLASICO PREVIEW IN MATT FORTUNE'S WORLD FOOTBALL BLOGIAN RIDLEY: Owner Randy learns a lesson as Villa run out of steam again


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