The German giants see the purchase of Young as an opportunity to bring the injection of pace and attacking verve that has been missing to the club in a disappointing domestic season for the 4-time European Cup winners.
Despite reaching last season’s Champions League final, German giants Bayern are currently languishing in 5th place in the Bundesliga and lie 19 points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.
In Europe, Louis Van Gaal has taken the Bavarian club to the last 16 of the Champions League, where they are well-placed to make the quarter-finals after a 90th minute winner gave them a 1-0 win away to their vanquishers in last season’s final, Inter Milan.
The fact remains though that for a club of Bayern’s size, 5th place isn’t good enough and Van Gaal is looking to make some major changes to his squad in the summer, with Ashley Young a major transfer target.
Ashley Young has been almost constantly linked with a move away from Villa Park in each and every transfer window for the last two years, with Liverpool and Tottenham the most mentioned suitors. Now it seems the former Watford man will have the option of strutting his stuff in Germany with one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
The midfielder’s contract is due to expire in the summer of 2012 and Young has not made clear so far whether he wishes to remain in Birmingham or to head to pastures new. Villa have so far failed to agree a new contract with their star attacker, who they signed from Watford for £9.75million in 2007, and the Midlands outfit could well be tempted to cash in on Young, who has 12 England caps, while they are able.
The fear of losing Young on a Bosman at the end of his contract will no doubt play a major part in Villa’s final decision and Bayern are looking to test their mettle with a £12million bid.
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