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26/08/2008 09:03

Papers: Dim'll fix it

£30m or Dimi rots in reserves
Juande Ramos is prepared to let Dimitar Berbatov rot in Tottenham’s reserves rather than sell him for less than £30million. Ramos has lost both his opening league games but is determined to do it his way — without Berbatov up front. With the transfer deadline looming, Manchester United want to cut a deal at around £24m. Yet Spurs remain insistent they want another £6m on top before they will let their Bulgarian striker leave. The trump card for Tottenham is that TWO Spanish clubs are staying in close contact to see how the situation develops. They will offer cut-price deals of their own to land Berbatov, unless United see off the competition by agreeing to stump up at least that £30m.
Pat Sheehan, The Sun

Sir Alex praised United goalscorer Darren Fletcher's performance at Fratton Park, saying: "Darren was great. He makes tremendous runs and did another one in the second half. He has fantastic energy and I'm delighted he is getting the credit he deserves."

Cristiano Ronaldo says his recovery from ankle surgery has left him feeling miserable. "I've never experienced a situation like this, being two months without kicking a ball. I just want to be fully recovered."

The Mirror says "Dim'll fix it" after United started the season with "Two games, two goals, and little sign of the floodgates opening".


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