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13/06/2008 07:58

Papers: First summer signing

Petrucci signing angers Roma
Manchester United last night came under fire after signing one of Italy's most promising young strikers. Just days after they were pipped by Arsenal to the signature of 17-year-old Cardiff midfielder Aaron Ramsey, United snapped up Davide Petrucci, 16, who scored 14 goals in 19 matches last season and was the top scorer in Roma's youth team. He has also starred for Italy's under-17 team. United will pay Petrucci £95,000 a year and will cover the cost of regular flights home to Italy. The deal is the maximum permissible offer for a youth-team player. Roma will receive around £200,000 in compensation but the move has caused fury. Petrucci, who comes from the San Basilio suburb of Rome, has been compared to a young Francesco Totti and could have made the first-team squad next year.
Malcolm Moore, Daily Telegraph

All the daily newspapers run with the story ManUtd.com announced on Thursday that Patrice Evra has signed a new four-year contract.

The Daily Mirror believes Sir Alex Ferguson and Luiz Felipe Scolari to be "at war". Sir Alex, the paper claims, thinks there was a conflict of interests when the newly-announced Chelsea boss reportedly advised Cristiano Ronaldo to swap Manchester for Madrid.

The Sun says Portugal are after Carlos Queiroz as the next national team manager when Luiz Felipe Scolari leaves his post for Chelsea after the Euro 2008 championships.

And finally... Wayne Rooney and childhood sweetheart Coleen McLoughlin tied the knot on Thursday. Unfortunately for the Rooneys, the heavens opened on the big day on the Italian Riviera - a wedding which cost a reported £5million. Childish giggle of the day: the Daily Mail's headline "Bride spells with outbreaks of Wayne".

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