Phil Jones to sign for Manchester United after Blackburn Rovers admit defeat

13 June 2011 05:45
By Mark Ogden

6:45AM BST 13 Jun 2011


United hope to confirm the central defender, who played for England Under-21s against Spain in the European Championship in Denmark last night, as their player after weekend talks involving senior figures and legal advisers from United and Blackburn resolved the impasse between the two clubs.

Blackburn's owners, Venkys, had been investigating the possibility of a legal challenge to force United to raise their bid substantially due to their perception that the Premier League champions had benefited from leaked information surrounding the escape clause in Jones's contract, which was inserted into the 19 year-old's deal following a renegotiation in February.

Venkys also believed that the wording of the clause suggested that offers of over £16 million for Jones would merely entitle the bidders to open talks with the defender prior to making a more substantial offer to buy him.

With United being granted permission by senior figures at Ewood Park to perform a medical on Jones last Wednesday, however, the belief at Old Trafford is that Blackburn's acquiescence to that examination taking place is in itself proof of meeting the terms of Jones's clause.

The absence of a recognisable structure of senior management at Ewood Park following the recent departures of long-serving chairman John Williams and managing director Tom Finn has contributed to the confusion surrounding the Jones transfer.

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Source: Telegraph