Reports by Fabrizio Romano have claimed Watford have opened talks to sign Ashley Young amid doubts regarding his future with Inter Milan.
The veteran midfielder is currently set to become a free agent at the end of the campaign and is yet to be offered new terms to remain with the Nerazzurri.
Should Inter remain hesitant to extend Young’s time at the club, Watford will be expected to have a huge opportunity to seal a reunion with the former England international who started his career at Vicarage Road.
Young made 107 appearances for the Hornets across all competitions before joining Aston Villa in 2007, and could now return to Hertfordshire to add depth to Xisco’s plans after the Vicarage Road natives secured their instant return to the Premier League last month.
The 39-capped Three Lions international has struggled to cement his place in the Inter squad this term, but helped Antonio Conte’s men clinch the Serie A title and end the Nerazzurri’s 11-year wait for another honour.
Young has started just 14 of his 23 league appearances this term and has not featured in three of Inter’s last four Serie A games, and opened the door for a possible return to Watford earlier in the campaign.
“If I could go back to play there [at Watford] again, I would walk from Italy right now,” he told the Hornets’ Golden Tales podcast in October. “It’s what I know, it’s where I come from and what allowed me to be who I am and get to where I am.”
Watford opening talks to re-sign Young 14 years on from his departure is unlikely to be a move aimed at acquiring a regular starter for Xisco’s first season as a Premier League manager, but rather a decision intended to add valuable experience to the squad.
Young knows what it takes to compete in the Premier League and won the title with Manchester United in 2012/13, knowledge that will be extremely beneficial to the younger players in Watford’s squad and those striving to make their breakthroughs.
It is precisely that reason why Ramon Vega has told the Watford Observer why the Hornets should seal a short-term deal for the £900,000-rated midfielder, as Young will be a de facto coach with the 35-year-old in the twilight of his career.
“For Watford, it’s not a big risk because he can help the younger players with his experience and on top of that he is a good player,” Vega said.
“He loves the club, started his career there and knows everything about the club. For him, it’s like going home and for the fans it would be romantic.”