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.

Papers: Antonio on his way

29/06/2009 08:14

Reds to sign Valencia today


Antonio Valencia flew in last night to complete his dream £16million move to Manchester United - and end Sir Alex Ferguson's wait for a first signing of the summer. Ecuadorian ace Valencia cut short a break back in his homeland to make the trip and will have a medical at Old Trafford today while his contract details are sorted out. Valencia has been holding out for a move to United for five months since Fergie first showed his hand and tried to buy him from Latics in the last window. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich were given the brush-off by Valencia and his camp because he wants to make the trip along the M62 and join the champions as Cristiano Ronaldo's replacement. It is a dream move for Valencia who can expect to quadruple his wages and sign a deal worth around £75,000-a-week.
Alan Nixon, Daily Mirror

In other transfer news, the Daily Star claims Sir Alex's hopes of signing Lyon striker Karim Benzema are in danger after Real Madrid tabled a £28m bid. However, reports suggest Lyon are holding out for £30m for the 21-year-old.

The Times features an interview with Wayne Rooney who believes he can fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure provided Sir Alex plays him in his “right position” as a centre forward rather than on the wing.

Meanwhile, former Reds striker Ruud van Nistelrooy could make a surprise return to English football with Blackburn after Rovers boss Sam Allardyce expressed an interest in signing the Real Madrid striker.

Round Up By Gemma Thompson

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