Ashley Young linked with a potential move to Turkey

Manchester United could reportedly end their association with Ashley Young this summer amid interest from Super Lig side Istanbul Basaksehir.

The 31-year-old was used sparingly by Jose Mourinho last term, making just 12 appearances in the top flight. Back in January, Young had been approached by Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng but the Englishman turned down their advances in order to stay put with the Mancunian giants.

According to The Sun, the England international could end his six-year stay at Old Trafford this summer with Istanbul Basaksehir weighing up a move for his signature. The Turkish club ended behind Besiktas in the Super Lig standings last season, but they managed to nevertheless attract quality players with Emmanuel Adebayor having impressed in the second half of the season.

Young currently has just a year left on his existing deal in Manchester, and a move abroad looks an effective option, should he decide to earn an extended stay with his next club. Istanbul has been politically unstable over the past year or so, and this could yet influence Young’s decision to remain at United for the final 12 months of his contract. The former Aston Villa man was used in the full-back position by Mourinho in order to offer a rest to his first-team regulars, but there is a doubt whether he would earn a similar role next term with United looking to add more depth to their squad.

Meanwhile, a report from The Mirror suggests that Young has been booked a flight for the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, although he won’t be able to participate as he is still recovering from a serious hamstring injury sustained against Celta Vigo back in May. Young has appeared in 164 outings for Manchester United since his £15m move from Aston Villa in the summer of 2011.

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