WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

03/05/2013 07:24

Papers: Going for Gundogan

Charles Perrin writes in The Express...

United fix sights on Dortmund’s Gundogan
Manchester United have turned their attentions to Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan ahead of the transfer window. Gundogan was influential in his side's 4-3 aggregate win over Real Madrid to reach the Champions League final. Manchester City were originally linked with the £17m rated player, but their interest appears to have cooled. United are intent on revamping their midfield, as Paul Scholes is in the autumn of his career and Nani and Anderson are tipped to leave Old Trafford. Gundogan was coy about his Dortmund future recently, telling German paper Sport Bild: "It is not reprehensible to answer such questions (of a future career in England or Spain) with 'yes'. "Everyone has a childhood dream on what he would like to achieve one day and my dream always was to play in England or Spain." Dortmund would loathe to see Gundogan go, as Mario Gotze signed for rivals Bayern Munich for £31.5m last week and Robert Lewandowski continues to be tracked by Bayern and Manchester United too. Gundogan has four goals to his Dortmund account this season.

In more transfer speculation, The Sun claims Javier Hernandez holds the key to the Reds’ apparent plans to resign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. In an ‘exclusive’ story, written by Neil Custis and Dan King, the paper says the Spanish giants will demand Chicharito plus cash in any potential deal. If that falls through, they will reportedly turn the tables and offer £25m for the Mexican.

Elsewhere, The Mirror makes the audacious claim that United’s hierarchy want Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp to succeed Sir Alex at Old Trafford. In a story seemingly based on very little, journalist Alan Nixon writes: “United are hoping that Klopp is not snapped up by any other leading club while they wait for Ferguson to pick is exit date. It would be a major problem if he was a target for a move this summer.”

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