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Jones had a clause in his contract whereby an offer of £16m would allow him to speak to other clubs, though Venky’s are believed to have interpreted this as meaning it would simply allow the player to discuss terms while the buying club then offered a larger fee.
Liverpool and Arsenal were also reportedly interested in Jones, leading Venky’s to believe the player is worth more than the £16m figure in his contract, though this is not expected to affect the deal.
Venky’s football advisors are reportedly attempting to explain that they are not entitled to ask for more money for the player as the £16m release clause is sufficient for any deal to go through, leaving Manchester United very calm about the situation.
Jones only signed a five-year-deal with Blackburn in February, when the release clause was inserted into his contract, and since the Venky’s were in charge of the club at that time the transfer should not be any doubt. The player has also undergone a medical ahead of the move.
Meanwhile Manchester United have reportedly finalised a £15m deal for Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Young, which will be rubber-stamped when the player returns from holiday.