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.

29/12/2009 09:30

Papers: Nani wants move?

Nani seeks an end to stay at Old Trafford
Nani's inability to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United has led to the Portugal international exploring the possibilities of a move to Spain or Italy in the January transfer window. After an encouraging start to the season Nani's form has become such a concern for the United manager Sir Alex Ferguson that the former Sporting Lisbon player has been offered as bait in a possible cash-plus-player exchange with Benfica for the Argentina international Angel Di Maria. Benfica informed the Premier League champions they did not want to lose their best player midway through the season unless one of his many suitors, Manchester City included, met a release clause of around £30m in his contract. Nani is also reluctant to move back to Portugal but his agent, Jorges Mendes, has sounded out possible buyers in Spain and Italy.
Daniel Taylor, The Guardian

All the newspapers today cover the news that Edwin van der Sar has been granted compassionate leave to be with his wife, who has been described as "very poorly" after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

There are reports from Spain, taken up by the English press, that Real Madrid are ready to bid for Nemanja Vidic after the loss of Pepe through injury for the rest of the season.

The Telegraph, among others, quotes England manager Fabio Capello's assessment of United as "a war machine that has started to slow down a bit". The Italian believes the title is a four-horse race between United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Aston Villa.

Elsewhere, Dimitar Berbatov's post-Hull declaration that United will win the league is widely reported, while Reds goalkeeper Tom Heaton has extended his loan at League Two Rochdale until the end of January.

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