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UK club Blackburn's Indian owners want œ25 m for Jones transfer to Man U

June 11, 2011 - London

Venky's, the Indian owners of UK Premier League club Blackburn have said that they want 25 million pounds from Manchester United for defender Phil Jones.

According to The Telegraph, Venky's, who completed their Blackburn takeover last November, believe Jones is worth 25 million pounds because of the confirmed interest of United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

United, who have agreed a 15 million pound transfer fee with Aston Villa for Ashley Young, believed they had secured England Under-21 international Jones to a five-year deal after triggering his escape clause on Tuesday by offering in excess of 16 million pounds for the player.

Jones has passed a medical and agreed personal terms with United, but the transfer has yet to be rubber-stamped because of the confusion at Ewood Park, which has led owners Venky's to believe that the 16 million pound trigger clause enabled clubs to only speak to Jones before making a more sizeable offer.

Venky's' football advisers are understood to be attempting to resolve the impasse by making it clear to the Indian owners that the clause, inserted into Jones's contract when he agreed an extension to his terms in February, enables a transfer to take place at the cost of the escape clause.

There are no fears at United that the transfer is in any doubt.


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