The Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has been linked with a deadline day transfer to Aston Villa, but the move could be dependent upon the England international taking a wage cut, reports the Independent. Cleverley looks to be out of favour at Manchester United, but will only be able to move away from Old Trafford if he agrees to a less lucrative contract.
Aston Villa are reportedly prepared to offer around £8 million for the player in terms of his transfer fee, but they cannot match his weekly wage bill at United. Cleverley is believed to be demanding around £60,000 a week at present, but Villa are in a financially unstable position, and cannot offer him a deal worth that much.
Randy Lerner, the Midlands club owner, has been trying to sell Villa since the end of last season, meaning that the future of the side is a little unknown at the moment. As such, Paul Lambert and his managerial team are not prepared to take on big contracts right now.
The club is still hopeful that Cleverley will agree to a move to Villa, however, because they believe it makes most sense for the midfielder’s career. At United, Cleverley has seen his profile lower. The 25 year old had been billed as one of England’s most promising young players when he emerged onto the scene during loan spells at Watford and Wigan, but he has not been able to realise his potential at United. For Villa, however, it is expected that he would be given regular starting opportunities, which could raise his chances when it comes to being selected for the England international side.