Date: 13th June 2011 at 3:13pm
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Having completed his medical early last week, Manchester have today announced the signing of Blackburn’s Phil Jones.

A statement on the club’s official website stated:

“Manchester is delighted to announce it has signed an agreement with Blackburn Rovers for the transfer of Phil Jones.

“The player passed a medical in Manchester last week and has agreed a 5-year contract. The deal will be completed once the player returns from international duty.”

But questions will be asked about the fee as it was thought had offered the £16.5m required to activate the release clause in Jones’ contract but later Blackburn are said to have objected and attempted to get upwards of £20m for the 19 year old.

Jones, who can operate in the heart of defence or as a defensive midfielder, rejected offers from and to sign for United. Then amidst the confusion over the fee between and Blackburn Liverpool again tried to tempt but were rebuffed for a second time.

The move marks United’s first signing of the summer and with the likes of and also said to be on the way next season could see a revamped team attempt to retain the Premier League title.