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Blackburn Rovers Legal Dispute Holds Up Phil Jones’ Transfer To Manchester United

Ewood Park owners demand more money for Old Trafford-bound star.

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Blackburn Rovers owners Venky’s are delaying defender Phil Jones’ £16.5million transfer to Manchester United as they demand more money for the teenager.

The Ewood Park board are disputing the legality of the £16million release clause in the 19-year-old’s contract.

The clause allows him to speak to any club offering more than £16million for his services, but Venky’s believe the activation does not automatically force them to accept any such bid.

United expected to the deal to go through but have been surprised by Blackburn’s resistance, according to The Times.

Jones signed the five-year contract in February which leaves Blackburn to value the centre-back at closer to £25million.

The Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson sees Jones as the natural successor to Rio Ferdinand and hopes he will form a formidable partnership with Chris Smalling for the next ten years.

Jones agreed personal terms with United and underwent a medical on Wednesday, before flying out to join the England Under-21 squad in Denmark.

He even spurned a last-minute advance from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who was also keen to sign him.

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