ASHLEY YOUNG has snubbed a new Manchester United contract to join Inter Milan.
The Old Trafford skipper will move to the Serie A leaders on a free transfer next summer — and could even leave in this month’s transfer window if United allow him.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is tipped for a major spree in the current transfer window but club chiefs still hoped to keep Young for his experience and versatility.
Wing-back Young, 34, who won 39 England caps, has played 261 times for United after joining from Aston Villa in 2011.
And he was free to talk to clubs outside England as his United deal runs out at the end of the campaign.
Solskjaer left Young out of Tuesday’s 3-1 Carabao Cup semi-final first leg home loss to neighbours Manchester City.
And the Norwegian said afterwards it was “not the right time” to discuss speculation about Young.
But now former Watford starlet Young has seemingly decided he wants another big pay-day and a more likely shot at the Champions League than United could offer.
Antonio Conte has guided Inter above champions Juventus on goal difference as he heads his duel of ex-Chelsea managers with Maurizio Sarri.
Solskjaer has 19-year-old Brandon Williams pushing Luke Shaw for Young’s former berth on the left of defence.
And summer recruit Aaron Wan-Bissaka has entrenched himself on the opposite flank.
So in any case United’s transfer priorities this month might lie elsewhere.
Solskjaer said: “We can’t weaken ourselves. We need to strengthen ourselves, if any movement is going to happen.” — The Sun