Ashley Young wanted by Istanbul Basaksehir this summer – report

by Leo Nieboer

Ashley Young has emerged as a summer transfer target for Super Lig side Istanbul Basaksehir, according to reports.

The 31-year-old, who has now spent six campaigns at Old Trafford, was used on a sporadic basis by Jose Mourinho last season, making just 12 Premier League appearances.

It was reported over the January transfer window that Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng, who have signed Graziano Pelle and Papiss Cisse over the last year, were interested in signing Young, but the Englishman later made it clear that he was happy at Manchester United.

But according to the Sun‘s Mike McGrath, Istanbul Basaksehir, who finished above both Fenerbahce and Galatasaray last season, will approach the winger this summer.

If you studied players on account of appearances made alone, Young would come across as one of the more disposable members of Jose Mourinho’s squad – Wayne Rooney, after all, made 16 more appearances than the 31-year-old.

But anybody who has watched Young play this season will tell you that, unlike Rooney, he has been used sporadically for tactical reasons, as opposed to just being left out on merit. Starting opportunities have been few and far between, but every performance has felt crucial – not just for its effectiveness, but also for the vital cover it provided for more regular starters in need of a rest.

A new challenge in Turkey is indeed a tantalising prospect, of course, but Young will know that he is still very much vital to the set-up at Old Trafford heading into pre-season.

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