SEOUL/SHANGHAI, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Chinese buyers including materials giant Amer International and CITIC Securities Co Ltd are readying a rival 246 million pounds ($305 million) bid for English soccer club Southampton, a person with knowledge of the plans told Reuters. The bid for the English Premier League side marks a potential challenge to an earlier planned acquisition by Lander Sports Development, which said in January that it was taking a stake in the club. Southampton take on Manchester United in the final of the League Cup on Sunday, after having beaten Liverpool at Anfield last month in the semi-finals.
Talks have broken down between the representatives of Manchester United winger Ashley Young and Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng. The former Aston Villa and Watford wideman will now remain with the Old Trafford club until the end of the season, when he is expected to leave the club. Young, 31, has been told that he is not in the long-term plans of United manager Jose Mourinho but insisted he is concentrating on his football for now.