Manchester United have accepted an £8M bid from Aston Villa for midfielder Tom Cleverley, according to reports.
The England international had been told by Louis Van Gaal he could leave the club following the US tour and after Tuesday’s humiliation at MK Dons, his fate was sealed.
The Manchester born midfielder came through the Manchester United academy and was tipped for stardom from a young age. A loan move to Watford and then Wigan helped his career to blossom before his return to United. He broke into the first team but just never excelled and fans began to turn on him.
There was talk that Cleverley had impressed Van Gaal in the first few weeks having shown passion and determination on the training field. So much so, that Cleverley was named captain in Manchester United’s second pre-season game in the 3-2 win over Roma. However, those training field performances didn’t match the on-field performances and Van Gaal began to see that it was best the player moved on.
Aston Villa’s bid was reportedly made just this morning and it’s now become clear that Manchester United have decided to sell up. Hull City are reportedly also ready to match Aston Villa’s bid, but it’s the Midlands side who have made the first move.
There had been some suggestions that with just one year left on his deal, Cleverley would opt to run down his contract in the hope of maybe earning a new one with performances this season. However, with the club receiving an offer that many fans have deemed “unrejectable”, Cleverley is most likely to lead the exodus of players out of Old Trafford in the coming days.
Cleverley has made 78 first team appearances for him hometown club, scoring five goals.