Ashley Young set for Aston Villa return after snubbing Burnley



The 35-year-old is leaving Inter after winning the Serie A title with the club and is heading back to the Premier League

Ashley Young is on the verge of a return to the Premier League with former club Aston Villa, Goal can confirm.

The 35-year-old, who will leave Inter at the end of the month when his contract expires, had been attracting interest from Watford and Burnley before Dean Smith’s side came calling.

The deal is currently being finalised and could be announced in the next 24 hours, with the former England international due to sign a short-term contract.

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Young’s career to date

Young spent four years with Villa after joining from Watford in 2007 and was a pivotal part of then-manager Martin O’Neill’s side.

Indeed, Villa pushed for Champions League qualification in the 2009-10 season, with Young, along with James Milner, starring, although he would eventually go on to join Manchester United in 2011.

He won five trophies at Old Trafford, including the Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup, before departing for Inter in 2020.

Under Antonio Conte’s management, Young would win the Serie A title in the 2020-21 campaign, with the 35-year-old now having decided to head back to England following the departure of the former Inter head coach.

On the international stage, Young earned 39 caps for England, scoring seven times.

Any other business at Villa?

As confirmed by Goal, Villa have had a £25 million ($35m) bid for Emile Smith Rowe rejected by Arsenal.

The north Londoners, who sold Emiliano Martinez to their Premier League rivals last summer, are keen to hold onto the England Under-21 international and are in talks to renew his contract.

This comes after Villa signed Norwich playmaker Emi Buendia for £35m ($50m), who was also on the Gunners’ transfer radar.

Smith’s side have also decided to release Ahmed Elmohamady, Neil Taylor and Tom Heaton, while Mbwana Samatta has been sold to Fenerbahce for an undisclosed fee.

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