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Red Devils could be willing to increase bid for England Under-21 defender to £20 million to speed up deal as current club hold out for better offer than player's release clause

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Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers could be about to reach a compromise deal of around £20 million to complete the protracted transfer of Phil Jones, according to the Mirror.

United were originally allowed to meet and agree personal terms with the 19-year-old last week after their initial offer of around £16m met the player's release clause.

But Rovers maintain they are under no obligation to sell their prized asset and are refusing to sanction the deal as they hold out for a better compensation package.

Now United chief executive David Gill is hoping an increased offer of £20m, to be paid partially in installments, will enable him to get the deal done and avoid the Red Devils being drawn into a bidding war with Jones' other suitors Arsenal and Liverpool.

Both clubs believe they are in the right and are prepared to seek the help of the Premier League to settle the dispute if no agreement is reached, but United are said to be confident this new offer will finally allow them to get their man.


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