Papers: Berba deal close?
Berbatov row leaves United light
Manchester United are determined to complete the signing of Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham Hotspur before the start of the new Barclays Premier League campaign this weekend. Tottenham are understood to be resigned to losing Berbatov, but, having rejected an official bid of £20.5million from United last month, they maintain that they will not sell for less than £30million. Berbatov is determined to move to Old Trafford, having made clear his ambition to play Champions League football. United have been linked with a bid to sign Thierry Henry, the former Arsenal forward, from Barcelona, but the most likely alternative to Berbatov this summer is Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.Oliver Kay, The Times
The Premier League has opened an inquiry into Tottenham's claims that United tried to unsettle Dimitar Berbatov (Daily Mail
). But, the paper says, United remain confident there is no case to answer.The Mirror
believes Sir Alex Ferguson
will pursue a second bid for Valencia winger David Silva
, despite having a £20million bid turned down. However, The Times
says a deal is highly unlikely as sources in Spain suggest the 22-year-old is widely expected to join Barcelona if he does leave Valencia.Gary Neville
thinks United are on for a third consecutive title (The Sun). He says: "When you’ve got players who are able to beat opponents one-on-one like we have throughout our squad, that’s the most intimidating thing."
Ian Wright says he wouldn't blame Thierry Henry
for joining United despite his strong Arsenal links.
All the papers pick up on the High Court ruling that former Reds winger Ben Collett
be awarded £4.3m compensation after a tackle ended his career.