Papers: Reds raid Roma?
United on the trail of Vucinic
Manchester United have made a renewed inquiry for Roma striker Mirko Vucinic. The 25-year-old has been on United's radar for the past two years after he scored against them in the Champions League quarter final back in 2007. He is 6ft 1ins tall, quick and has the ability to play left wing as well as a central striker which would suit United following Ronaldo's sale and Carlos Tevez's impending departure. Montenegro international Vucinic told Italian media last week that he had only heard rumours of United interest via the newspapers but he has since told team mates United are genuine and is hoping the Old Trafford club follow up with a firm offer. Roma are in financial difficulties and would want around £15m for a player they paid Lecce £7m for in 2006. United are continuing to scour the market for attacking players. They hope to conclude a £15m deal for Wigan winger Antonio Valencia over the next week but Valencia striker David Villa wants to remain in Spain with his wife due to give birth in October. Real Madrid and Barcelona are in a straight fight for the Spain international while they are also in pole position for Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery. Valencia's David Silva remains another option while Porto claim they have had tentative inquiries for their striker Hulk.Staff reporter, Daily Mail
In other transfer rumours, The Sun says United are monitoring Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, with the £20million-rated Dutchman just one year away from being out of contract at The Emirates.
Mixed messages from Bayern Munich over the future of Franck Ribery have provoked similarly contrasting reports in the tabloids. The Daily Star says United have the green light to bid for the Frenchman, while The Mirror insists Bayern will not entertain any offers.
Another Frenchman who looks likely to stay put is Karim Benzema, who has apparently told Lyon he wants to remain in France until after next year's World Cup finals.
The Daily Mail claims the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo has hit a snag, with the Portuguese winger demanding that Real Madrid break their image right pay structure for him. The winger, allegedly set to receive £200,000 per week after tax in wages, is said