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.

Papers: Silvestre to Arsenal?

20/08/2008 09:13

Arsenal are taking the Mik

Arsene Wenger has hijacked Manchester City’s bid to sign Mikael Silvestre. The Manchester United defender, 31, was undergoing a medical at neighbours City when he got a call telling him Arsenal were interested. Silvestre immediately abandoned the medical and hurtled down the M1 to meet Gunners boss Wenger and discuss terms. An Arsenal insider confirmed: “Arsene has been looking for experienced cover for Gael Clichy and he knows all about Mikael. Arsene has followed his career and the fact he is French is a bonus.” The France left-back, who joined United from Inter for £4m in 1999, made six appearances last season and was granted a free transfer this summer.
Antony Kastrinakas, The Sun

Correction: We should point out that, contrary to The Sun's story, Mikael Silvestre has not been granted a free transfer. He still has one year remaining on his current contract.

Silvestre's fellow United debutant in 1999, former goalkeeper Massimo Taibi, has been named in an all-time Premier League worst XI (The Sun, Daily Mirror). Three other ex-Reds were selected by the Top-up TV survey - Eric Djemba-Djemba, Luke Chadwick and Diego Forlan. Wigan defender Titus Bramble received the most votes apparently.

The Sun suggests Anderson could make an SOS return to United's midfield for Monday's match at Portsmouth, now that Brazil are only playing for a bronze medal at the Olympics.

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