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.

01/01/2008 11:33

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

Meanwhile, Chelsea 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 and United 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 this month.

Round Up By Gemma Thompson

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