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Ashley Young set to rejoin Aston Villa on a free transfer

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Ashley Young looks set to return to Aston Villa this summer
Ashley Young looks set to return to Aston Villa this summer / Marco Canoniero/Getty Images

Fresh off the back of his Scudetto win with Inter, Ashley Young looks set to return to Aston Villa on a free transfer.

The 35-year-old's contract with the Nerrazzuri is due to expire at the end of this month and, according to The Telegraph, as of Thursday negotiations are 'moving quickly' and a deal to take him back to Villa Park could be completed 'in the next 24 hours'.

Young began his career at Watford, but following his move to the Villans in 2007 he took his game to another level, scoring 37 goals and providing 59 assists in 190 appearances in the Midlands. His performances in the claret and blue caught the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United swooped in to take him to Old Trafford in 2011.

A Premier League winner with the Red Devils, even in the twilight of his career Young proved himself to be a valuable member of Antonio Conte's title-winning squad - making 26 appearances last season in Milan.

His excellent physical condition despite his age will have certainly been a factor in Dean Smith's decision to pursue a deal for him, as well as the vast experience he'll undoubtedly bring to the group with the deal edging closer.

Emiliano Buendia
Aston Villa have already signed Emiliano Buendia this summer / George Wood/Getty Images

Aston Villa finished 11th in the Premier League last season, but having already signed Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City in a deal worth just shy of £35m it's clear they have ambitions of improving further and perhaps even challenging for Europe.

The Villans have also seen a £25m offer for Arsenal's Emile Smith Rowe rejected, so it's clear that they mean business this summer. However, keeping hold of their star man Jack Grealish amid rumoured interest from some of the Premier League's big boys could prove to be their most significant win in the transfer window.