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Transfer News: Young set for Manchester United; Mertesacker heading to Arsenal
Published : 01 Apr 2011 09:30:15
Despite Aston Villa's claims that they have put talks about a new deal for Ashley Young on hold until the summer, rumours are emerging that the former Watford man has rejected a new big-money contract.
His form for club and country has attracted a number of clubs over the past 12 months with Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham all reported to be chasing his signature when the transfer window opens.
It is believed that Young is intent on challenging himself at the highest level and is keen on a move to Old Trafford and the chance to play Champions League football. The winger could cost up to £25 million.
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With Laurent Koscielny, Sebastien Squillaci and Johan Djourou all failing to convince in the heart of Arsenal's defence this season, Arsene Wenger looks certain to enter the market for a new central defender.
The Frenchman has held a long-term interest in Werder Bremen's Per Mertesacker and made enquiries into bringing him to the Emirates last summer.
Wenger will make another move for the German international this summer, with Bremen's general manager, Klaus Allofs, admitting that the towering defender could be set to leave sooner rather than later.
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Liverpool and Chelsea want Shaktar Donetsk midfielder Willian.
Aston Villa will make another move for Charlie Adam if they stay in the Premier League.
Man United could make an ambitious move for Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery.
Chelsea will miss out on Brazilian star Neymar to Real Madrid.