Papers: Back in for Rib?
United line up £35m bid for Ribery
United are set to launch a £35million bid for Franck Ribery. But the Premier League champions will wait two weeks before weighing in so that a clause in Ribery's Bayern Munich contract is active. The French winger is due a loyalty bonus on August 14, after which he is expected to request a transfer. Bayern have fended off interest from Real Madrid whose arrogance and lack of respect infuriated the German giants. But Ribery has indicated he would be willing to move to Old Trafford and wants to quit Germany. United believe Ribery, 26, is prepared to force the issue but would not do so until any financial issues have been sorted. Bayern are understood to be more willing to negotiate with United but are likely to demand nearer £50m. United boss Alex Ferguson sees Ribery as Cristiano Ronaldo's replacement.Ian McGarry, The Sun
Meanwhile, Manchester City boss Mark Hughes
insists he will not be blown away by Sir Alex's hairdryer. The Reds manager gave City the 'hairdryer' treatment after their cheeky poster hailing Carlos Tevez's move from Old Trafford to Eastlands, but Hughes said: "I'm trying not to rise to it. It was just a bit of fun between the two sets of supporters."
In other news, England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence
has warned Ben Foster
he must be playing regularly this season to be considered part of Fabio Capello's World Cup plans.