Ashley Young will complete his Old Trafford move this week.
Ashley Young will complete his Old Trafford move this week. REUTERS

Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to make a £10m offer for out-of-favour Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, according to the Daily Star.

Qatar Investments, the French side's new owners, have made significant funds available to new manager Leonardo and Berbatov has been identified as a marquee signing for the club.

The Bulgarian was the Premier League's joint top scorer last season but found opportunities limited in the United first team after Christmas as Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney became Ferguson's first-choice stike partnership.

The Star reports that a meeting took place at the weekend between PSG and Berbatov's agent Emile Dantchev.

Berbatov is out of contract next summer and is yet to agree a new deal at the club. Sir Alex Ferguson is known to be reluctant to extend the Bulgarian's contract with Rooney and Hernandez forming such a potent partnership and Michael Owen and Danny Welbeck seen as suitable cover.

United signed Berbatov for £30.75m from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 and he has scored 47 goals in 128 games for the club.

Young blood

Alex McLeish's first task as Aston Villa manager will be to sanction the £15m move of England international Ashley Young to Manchester United, according to the Daily Mail.

McLeish is resigned to losing the 25-year-old after Villa owner Randy Lerner verbally agreed to let the player join United.

"It's not confirmed yet [Young's transfer to Manchester United] but it does seem likely," McLeish told Talksport.

"In my humble opinion it will be very difficult [to keep hold of him]."

United miss out

United look to have lost out in their pursuit of Wesley Sneijder and Alexis Sanchez.

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has dismissed rumours linking Sneijder, along with Samuel Eto'o and Maicon, with moves away from Giuseppe Meazza, saying the players have expressed a desire to remain with the Serie A side.

"All I can say regarding the transfer rumours about Eto'o, Sneijder and Maicon is that I have spoken to them and they have all told me that they do not want to leave the club."

The Old Trafford club will also miss out on signing Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez, despite his transfer to Barcelona breaking down.

Reports in yesterday's press indicated the 22-year-old was bound for Spain in a £32m deal but Eurosport hints the deal isn't quite finalised.

Udinese president Gianpaolo Pozzo told reporters "Sanchez is still an Udinese player. I'm sorry about this 'saga'. We wanted to keep him for another year to help us with the UEFA Champions League qualifiers.

"Barcelona's offer is not yet the right price, and everyone knows it: both Barcelona and other big clubs. Between us and Barcelona we are still far away."

Reports today suggest Udinese value Sanchez at closer to €50m, a figure that is unlikely to tempt United back into the 'saga'.