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.

04/03/2008 07:22

Papers: Barca eye Ronaldo

Barca join race for Ron
Barcelona last night dramatically joined the race to sign £40m-rated Cristiano Ronaldo. The Spanish club are scared their arch-rivals Real Madrid could have stolen a march in trying to lure the brilliant midfielder from Manchester United. The Nou Camp plan to sell off some of their fading stars, like Deco, Ronaldinho and former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudiohnsen to finance new deals. But Barca’s influential sport director Txiki Begiristain revealed his club’s serious interest in Ronaldo. He said on Spanish TV programme Gol a Gol at the weekend: “Cristiano Ronaldo is a player we think we can sign in the summer. Cristiano Ronaldo is a key player for any club, but I still think it will be complicated to persuade Manchester United to sell in the summer.”
Danny Fullbrook & Bill Thornton, Daily Star

There's a further link with Barcelona in The Times which claims Martin Ferguson, Sir Alex's brother, was in the city on Saturday to watch local rivals Espanyol. The newspaper claims he was watching goalkeeper Carlos Kameni during the 2-0 win over Valencia. The 24 year-old Cameroonian was voted Africa's best keeper in 2006/07.

Elsewhere, much of the papers’ coverage is gleaned from Monday’s Champions League press conference. Sir Alex’s assertion that Carlos Tevez scores vital goals, just like Eric Cantona, has been widely reported. The Mirror claim: “On the surface, comparing Cantona and Tevez might seem a bit ludicrous… but in terms of their influence on the pitch and their ability to change games by sheer force of will, not to mention with vital goals when all hope seems lost, Cantona and Tevez are undeniably similar.”

Meanwhile the Daily Mail spun Rio Ferdinand’s belief that “some sides who have won the Champions League are not considered great teams” as a jibe at rivals Liverpool.

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