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Manchester United sign Phil Jones from Blackburn for 16m

08 Jun 2011 15:10:21

Manchester United sign Phil Jones from Blackburn for 16m

ShareManchester United are closing in on their first signing of the summer after agreeing a ?16million deal for Blackburn defender Phil Jones. Sir Alex Ferguson has beaten off interest from Liverpool and Arsenal to capture Jones's signature. The England Under 21 centre-half will pen a five-year deal at Old Trafford after completing a medical this afternoon. Old Trafford-bound: Phil Jones (left) is set to become Manchester United's first signing of the sumemr United have been tracking Jones for the last 18 months, but their hand was forced when Liverpool recently entered the market for the 19-year-old stopper. Arsenal are believed to have spoken to Jones on Tuesday night, but he opted to join Ferguson's side instead. Jones only signed a new five-year contract at Ewood Park in February but that deal contained a release clause, which United have met. Bright future: Jones has made a big impression since making his Premier League debut last March United were initially hoping to offer players plus cash for the teenager but Liverpool were willing to pay the money, forcing United to cough up. Jones faces stiff competition for a place in the centre of the Premier League champions' defence, with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, captain Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans all on the books at Old Trafford. The competition: Jones will battle with Chris Smalling (left) and Jonny Evans (right) for a place at United But the Preston-born player has made abig impression since making his Barclays Premier League debut in March last year, and his arrival could raise question marks over the future ofEvans in particular. Jones was due to jet off to Denmark today with the rest of the England Under 21 squad. Long-term interest: United have been tracking Jones for the last 18 months Forced hand: Liverpool have agreed a deal for Jordan Henderson and also moved for fellow young Lion Jones  Liverpool agree ?20m Henderson deal as Dalglish lines up three more in revolutionRedknapp warns Manchester United and Chelsea off 'irreplaceable' Spurs star ModricFear of Fergie's hairdryer inspired United to the title after Arsenal slip-up, reveals EvraLerner will not stand in Young's way as move to Manchester United nearsHernandez is going nowhere! Sir Alex to rebuff Mourinho's advancesAll the latest Manchester United FC news, features and opinion  Explore more:People: Alex Ferguson, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic Places: Liverpool, Denmark


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