The Manchester United manager took time out from his holiday in the south of France to ambush old rival Kenny Dalglish by paying £16.5m to snatch Blackburn’s teenage defender Phil Jones from Liverpool’s grasp.
And, as revealed in Sportsmail last month, Ferguson is convinced he will win the race for Anfield target Young as well.
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Young is said to want the move to Old Trafford tied up before his wedding this weekend. His arrival will complete a remarkable coup for Ferguson following the capture of Jones on Wednesday.
Big money move: Phil Jones departs following his medical with Manchester United
Both players were given permission to miss England’s flight to Denmark ahead of the European Under 21 Championship.
But, while Henderson travelled to Merseyside for his medical, Jones and his representatives met United to complete a five-year deal worth £40,000 a week.
Look out behind you: Sir Alex Ferguson is set to get the better of Kenny Dalglish once more
He told Jones he sees him as the long-term replacement for Rio Ferdinand and also talked to his parents.
Dalglish and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger are both believed to have spoken to the teenager after agreeing to meet the £16m release clause in his contract.
The Gunners will now turn their attention to landing Bolton’s Gary Cahill or Blackburn’s Chris Samba having missed out on Jones.
Hot property: Jones had his pick of Premier League clubs
‘We were in for him along with about five other top clubs,’ said Redknapp. ‘I think everybody was in for the boy.
‘Obviously he had a choice and he’s made up his mind that Manchester United was the move for him.
‘I think he’s got the potential to go on one day to be an England centre half and maybe even a captain of England. I think he’s that good so Alex has pulled off a real coup.’
Pleased as punch: Wayne Rooney (left) took time out from his holiday in Barbados to reveal his delight at Jones' signing
Ferguson will take his summer spending to almost £50m when he completes the signing of Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea from Atletico Madrid.
Although 20-year-old De Gea insisted yesterday he will make an announcement on his future after the European Under 21 Championship, a £17m deal is already in place as United look to replace Edwin van der Sar, who retired at the end of the season.