Chelsea eye Young swoop

05 June 2009 10:29
Aston Villa's Ashley Young is among new Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti's top targets, understands. A host of high-profile names have been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge since the arrival of Ancelotti, but Young is believed to be high on the Italian's agenda. Young enjoyed another fantastic season for Villa last term, being named in the PFA team for a second successive year and also scooping the Young Player of the Year award. Chelsea have held a long-term interest in Young and they see him as a key addition to their squad as they look to rebuild their ageing side. Guus Hiddink is thought to have recommended Chelsea move for Young as the club look to bring in more English talent. Young has established himself as one of the most exciting players in the Premier League since bursting onto the scene at Watford and he would fit into Chelsea's plans of trying to introduce a brand of more attractive attacking football at Stamford Bridge. Aston Villa chief Martin O'Neill is a big fan of Young and would be loath to lose the England international, having already seen Gareth Barry leave Villa Park this summer. However, Villa could find it hard to resist a big money offer for Young, with Chelsea hoping to lure him away with the prospect of UEFA Champions League football.

Source: SKY_Sports