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Young IS NOT FOR SALE + Other Transfer Talk

LOL... you've got to laugh, the other day Martin O'Neill sought to dismiss reports that Villa were going to sell England winger Ashley Young saying 'No-one has come in and asked us about Ashley Young and I have got to tell you, if they did they would get short shrift.'

In a rather more grown-up mode, I added at the bottom of my report, 'Lets do this the mature way... silence in the court yard, silence in the street, the biggest (press) twit nit is just about to speak... That should work.. guaranteed!' Having already asked, which paper will be the first to come out with yet another 'Young to leave Villa' headline! (MON Bored Of Young Stories)

Well, it seems the biggest twits are in the News of the World and The Times if you believe their reports today!

Chris Bascombe of The News Of The World claims that Liverpool will do 'battle' for 24-year-old Ashley Young claiming that Rafa Benitez is set to bid 20million for him.

I must admit I do fear interest from clubs who have Champions League to offer BUT 20million? NO CHANCE!

The report also claims that Villa have put a 30million price tag on Ash. I don't recall seeing that, just quotes that the player isn't for sale?!? Ash has around 4 years on his current contract as well, so it isn't as if, unlike the Gareth Barry sale the player is anywhere near being able to leave for a free.

There seems little to no substance in that report at all.

Wayne Veysey of The Times goes one further and claims we've already turned down a bid, this reportedly being 18million from Appy Arry at Spurs.

The report says that Ash is 'Arry's number one target and claims that Young, who was born in Stevenage, would like to return South and has told 'friends' he'd love to go to Spurs... cough cough.

Wonder at what price the pounds are too good to turn down and the player would be allowed to leave? Can't be under 30million surely but at a certain price, having bought him for just under 10million from Watford, there surely has to be a point where a sale would be too good to turn down? I would think the major factor would be IF Ash actually indicates he wants to move. I can't see that he'd want to jump to Spurs as we do at least have Europe this year.... if we take it seriously (not being a bitch, just the question is open on how seriously we'll take any cup competition this season after the last few years capitulations).

We asked on the 6 June At What Price Would You Sell Ashley Young?

No price, would not sell 54%
15million 18%
40million 14%
30million 10%
20million 4%

Meanwhile new signing Stewart Downing got reassurances from Martin O'Neill before moving from Middlesbrough that Villa will be building the squad, not selling stars.

Downing said: 'He said the likes of Ashley Young will not be leaving because he is trying to build a squad, not dismantle one. That was great news for me and that’s what made me sign really. I’ve known Ashley for quite a few years, I’ve seen him come here from Watford and he’s done really well. There’s no rivalry. I might play on the left, him on the right, it might be the other way around. He might play up front, I might play up front. You need options, you have 60 odd games to play over the season.'

So, once again, Ashley Young is not for sale...!

The rest of the transfer talk is basically just repeats. Bolton after Zat Knight + Villa and Inter Milan after Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas etc... getting bored of the same links now to be honest!

In other news, Chelsea and Spurs might make a move for David Beckham but I bet he goes back to AC Milan.

Everton, according to the News of the World have put a 30m price tag on defender Joleon Lescott who was linked to Villa but is now apparently subject to bids from Manchester City.

Spurs have joined Sunderland and Fulham in bidding for Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch also according to the News of the World and the Mail On Sunday say Spurs are closing in on Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar IF the player turns down an 18m move to Stuttgart.

Only mentioning those players as they have all been linked to Villa at some stage!

By JP Fear




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Date:Sunday July 19 2009

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Sorry Glensider, hadn't logged out from putting in your match report so this came up under your name not mine!!!!
The Fear
Sorry Glensider, hadn't logged out from putting in your match report so this came up under your name not mine!!!!
The Fear
seems 30 million is the price that clubs are putting on players who are "not for sale" either that or its just lazy journalism again! my bet is the latter
100% prepared
seems 30 million is the price that clubs are putting on players who are "not for sale" either that or its just lazy journalism again! my bet is the latter
100% prepared
RONALDO 80M YOUNG 32-35 SOUNDS FAIR TO ME
..doctorwho..
RONALDO 80M YOUNG 32-35 SOUNDS FAIR TO ME
..doctorwho..
yup, makes sense price wise but still wouldn't sell him!
The Fear
yup, makes sense price wise but still wouldn't sell him!
The Fear
Chris Bascombe used to work for the Liverpool Echo and has always had good contacts at anfield. Benitez, who sees himself as a smart media operator, has a history of planting stories in the press via Bascombe. He did it with Barry. He's done it constantly in his power battle with their now sacked cheif exec Parry. He's done it with his ongoing funding and control battles with the Liverpool Owners using Bascombe to make sure at all times he's the one that looks good in front of the endlessly gullible scoucers. And he's doing it now in an attempt to destablise another one of our players, and get him on the cheap. For these reasons, discard any stories from Bascombe as being the truth. It is not the truth, it is just that scumbag Benitez trying to be clever again.
Faangler
Chris Bascombe used to work for the Liverpool Echo and has always had good contacts at anfield. Benitez, who sees himself as a smart media operator, has a history of planting stories in the press via Bascombe. He did it with Barry. He's done it constantly in his power battle with their now sacked cheif exec Parry. He's done it with his ongoing funding and control battles with the Liverpool Owners using Bascombe to make sure at all times he's the one that looks good in front of the endlessly gullible scoucers. And he's doing it now in an attempt to destablise another one of our players, and get him on the cheap. For these reasons, discard any stories from Bascombe as being the truth. It is not the truth, it is just that scumbag Benitez trying to be clever again.
Faangler
Faangler if you say is true then his just trying to get the price down first whats wrong with that.... if MNO had that kind of contact he would do the same it doesn't mean its going to work its just another way to save a few quid here and there......
muffdaddy1983
Faangler if you say is true then his just trying to get the price down first whats wrong with that.... if MNO had that kind of contact he would do the same it doesn't mean its going to work its just another way to save a few quid here and there......
muffdaddy1983
the other interesting thing is why pay 10mill for a player the is going to be used as 2nd choice thats what i dont understand
muffdaddy1983
the other interesting thing is why pay 10mill for a player the is going to be used as 2nd choice thats what i dont understand
muffdaddy1983
are you referring to downing? whats wrong with having quality back up rather than average?
clarkamus
are you referring to downing? whats wrong with having quality back up rather than average?
clarkamus
muffdaddy1983; because FSW is nowhere near as clever as he thinks he is, and if Young or ant other player has got any sense, he'll know that Benitez ruins player's careers and would have won nothing at Liverpool and been sacked long ago without Gerrard being there when he arrived. How long does Benitez live off Gerrard winning the European Cup for him ?
Faangler
muffdaddy1983; because FSW is nowhere near as clever as he thinks he is, and if Young or ant other player has got any sense, he'll know that Benitez ruins player's careers and would have won nothing at Liverpool and been sacked long ago without Gerrard being there when he arrived. How long does Benitez live off Gerrard winning the European Cup for him ?
Faangler
How can you compare Ronaldo to Young?! 80m for a player who has done it consistently for years in the EPL, ballon d'or, Champs League, titles, +20 goals a season etc compared to a good yound player who has had one good season so far, scored a handful of goals and assists. I understand you have to get the best price but even in todays inflated market I don't think he's worth the 30-35m your quoting. Of course Man City could always come in for him!
North Upper
How can you compare Ronaldo to Young?! 80m for a player who has done it consistently for years in the EPL, ballon d'or, Champs League, titles, +20 goals a season etc compared to a good yound player who has had one good season so far, scored a handful of goals and assists. I understand you have to get the best price but even in todays inflated market I don't think he's worth the 30-35m your quoting. Of course Man City could always come in for him!
North Upper
Downing and Young will both be in our first XI. HE IS NOT BACK-UP!
deano.avfc
Downing and Young will both be in our first XI. HE IS NOT BACK-UP!
deano.avfc
agree deano.avfc, I see both in the team and Milner probably in the centre, I don't think Downing is a second choice behind Ash player for us. ALSO, Ash does have his quiet times and sometimes needs to be rested I'd think, we need options and Downing is another... hopefully we'll get many more.
The Fear
agree deano.avfc, I see both in the team and Milner probably in the centre, I don't think Downing is a second choice behind Ash player for us. ALSO, Ash does have his quiet times and sometimes needs to be rested I'd think, we need options and Downing is another... hopefully we'll get many more.
The Fear
if downing is 12m and ronaldo is 80m then with out doubt Young should be 60m
Astonian Villan
if downing is 12m and ronaldo is 80m then with out doubt Young should be 60m
Astonian Villan
Young is not for sale and villa don't want to sell...therefore it will take a huge offer to prise him away
Kuffit
Young is not for sale and villa don't want to sell...therefore it will take a huge offer to prise him away
Kuffit
Villa well sell, but only at a good price. Young is going to want to win things, and unfortunately that's not going to happen at Villa. He will therefore want to move on, and at that point the only relevant issue is how much Villa can get for him. Publicly he may not be for sale, but when he decides he wants to leave, then he will leave. I just hope we avoid a situation where we sell off our most prized asset on the cheap - again.
Albarnista
Villa well sell, but only at a good price. Young is going to want to win things, and unfortunately that's not going to happen at Villa. He will therefore want to move on, and at that point the only relevant issue is how much Villa can get for him. Publicly he may not be for sale, but when he decides he wants to leave, then he will leave. I just hope we avoid a situation where we sell off our most prized asset on the cheap - again.
Albarnista
Every player has his price, Young is no different, IF the club recieved an offer above 30,000,000 he would be histroy.
col8
Every player has his price, Young is no different, IF the club recieved an offer above 30,000,000 he would be histroy.
col8
You're a negative little so-and-so aren't you Albarnista. What's it like to be a Villa 'fan' who is only happy when things go wrong for us; who dreads a winning scoreline for us; who hates news of good signings? I hope you have a really miserable season this time around.
BobTheBuilder
You're a negative little so-and-so aren't you Albarnista. What's it like to be a Villa 'fan' who is only happy when things go wrong for us; who dreads a winning scoreline for us; who hates news of good signings? I hope you have a really miserable season this time around.
BobTheBuilder
The more o`neill comes out and says he is not for sale the more it becomes real situation,The best thing to do is what he is doing and not really commenting on it,And getting on with more important stuff.Young is not the be all and end all,I think milner is a better player so if he ends up going in a season or two for silly money then so be it,But lets get some value first.
lerneravfc
The more o`neill comes out and says he is not for sale the more it becomes real situation,The best thing to do is what he is doing and not really commenting on it,And getting on with more important stuff.Young is not the be all and end all,I think milner is a better player so if he ends up going in a season or two for silly money then so be it,But lets get some value first.
lerneravfc
chaps, debate the posts not the posters! Just because some err on the side of negativity doesn't mean they are happy when things go wrong, just maybe that they are USED to things going wrong!?!? We can all have different opinions and still agree we support the best club in the world!
The Fear
chaps, debate the posts not the posters! Just because some err on the side of negativity doesn't mean they are happy when things go wrong, just maybe that they are USED to things going wrong!?!? We can all have different opinions and still agree we support the best club in the world!
The Fear
Young is worth whatever people are willing to pay for him. The fact that we want to keep him at Villa pushes the price up. I dont think he will move this summer, but if he has another good season or a better one he might go next year. At least then we could be looking at 40m+ for him. Still, i wouldn't like to see him go even at that price.
jsmccue
Young is worth whatever people are willing to pay for him. The fact that we want to keep him at Villa pushes the price up. I dont think he will move this summer, but if he has another good season or a better one he might go next year. At least then we could be looking at 40m+ for him. Still, i wouldn't like to see him go even at that price.
jsmccue
OK JPF - the perhaps Albarnista would tell us what he means by "I just hope we avoid a situation where we sell off our most prized asset on the cheap - again". I can only assume he is talking about GB. Is that right, Alby and, if so, how much do you think we SHOULD have got for him? And your supplementary question: would you have preferred MON to sell him last summer at the higher price we would have got then?
BobTheBuilder
OK JPF - the perhaps Albarnista would tell us what he means by "I just hope we avoid a situation where we sell off our most prized asset on the cheap - again". I can only assume he is talking about GB. Is that right, Alby and, if so, how much do you think we SHOULD have got for him? And your supplementary question: would you have preferred MON to sell him last summer at the higher price we would have got then?
BobTheBuilder
We have 3 1st choice wingers 2 of which can play on both sides. If we are planning for a 60 game season they can not all play every game. Do the maths and its 40 "starts" each (60*2[LW+RW])/3=4. You need a minimum of 3 wingers before you even consider injuries.
AVFC_WSM
We have 3 1st choice wingers 2 of which can play on both sides. If we are planning for a 60 game season they can not all play every game. Do the maths and its 40 "starts" each (60*2[LW+RW])/3=4. You need a minimum of 3 wingers before you even consider injuries.
AVFC_WSM
I would offer Young an improved 5year contract to send out the message that he isn't going anywhere
AVFC_WSM
I would offer Young an improved 5year contract to send out the message that he isn't going anywhere
AVFC_WSM
Straight swap with fabian delph not bad. although, by the time delph reaches youngs age, hes probably be the best midfielder in the world.
benlufc
Straight swap with fabian delph not bad. although, by the time delph reaches youngs age, hes probably be the best midfielder in the world.
benlufc
 

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