Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United are set to agree a compromised fee to bring central defender Phil Jones to Old Trafford, thought to be around £20 million.
According to a report on the Mirror Football website, United Chief Executive David Gill is trying to arrange a series of installments that will appease Jones' current club.
Over the course of last week, Sir Alex Ferguson had attempted to secure a £16 million deal, but Blackburn's owners dug their heels in forcefully about the proposed price of one of their prize assets.
The Premier League has been on hand to deal with matters should a dispute arise, and Blackburn are known to be annoyed about the fact that the buy-out clause in Jones' contract was common knowledge.
The 19 year-old, whose composure in defence has drawn many comparisons with potential future United teammate Rio Ferdinand, played all ninety minutes of England Under-21's 1-1 draw with their Spanish counterparts last night.
Though Stuart Pearce's charges were largely outplayed throughout their opening fixture of the tournament in Denmark, a late Danny Welbeck effort salvaged a point.
Having made 25 league appearances for Blackburn over the course of last season, Jones had attracted the attention of Arsenal and Liverpool as well as the champions.
However, given that he still lives with his parents in Lancashire, a move to Old Trafford seems to be the best course of action as far as Jones is concerned.
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