Papers: Real want Ronny
Real's £45m Ronaldo bid
Real Madrid aim to once again test Manchester United's resolve to keep Cristiano Ronaldo after it emerged they were prepared to pay £45million for the winger. The Spanish club's president Ramon Calderon revealed his desire to land Ronaldo after failing to do so once before when the 22-year-old snubbed him to sign a new five-year deal at Old Trafford. United are certain to turn down any offer, but Real see Ronaldo as the player to return them to Champions League glory. Calderon said: "Who wouldn't want to have in his team a player of Cristiano Ronaldo's amazing talent? He is one of the best in the world." They have been encouraged by the Portugal star's recent admission that he wants to play in Spain while still at his peak.David McDonnell, Daily Mirror
will make a £26million swoop for Dimitar Berbatov
this month, according to The Sun
. The Blues reckon the Tottenham hitman can revive their title challenge. United were also interested but accept they will be outbid by Roman Abramovich.
Blues' boss Avram Grant
has warned Arsenal
they will both face a New Year wobble - and vowed Chelsea
are ready to take advantage.The Mirror
features quotes from Wayne Rooney
from his exclusive interview with Inside United magazine
. The striker says he believes United have the confidence and self-belief to hold on to the Premier League title - despite their slip-up at West Ham.
Elsewhere, Roy Keane
will try to sign United defender Jonny Evans