Napoli boss Rafael Benitez could rescue winger Ashley Young from his Manchester United nightmare, understands. A source close to Old Trafford told FDN several clubs dotted across Europe are monitoring the 28-year-old’s situation with interest including the Serie A outfit, as ex-Liverpool manager Benitez is a long-term admirer.
The Spaniard is likely to ask directors to test the water with a cut-price offer in light of Young’s fall down the pecking order at United.
He has failed to establish himself as a regular starter over the last couple of years and produced a number of poor performances when handed an opportunity by former boss David Moyes, who was sacked in April.
His troubles in Manchester have cost him a place in the England squad for this summer’s World Cup campaign in Brazil, and there is little sign of a contract extension heading his way despite him having only two years left on his present deal.
The former Aston Villa and Watford wideman could favour a move overseas after receiving a rough ride from away supporters over the last 12 months for a perceived tendency to dive in an attempt to win penalties and free-kicks for the Red Devils.