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11/06/2009 09:37

Papers: Sporting swap?

Sporting Lisbon lure Nani
Sporting Lisbon have initiated talks with Manchester United about re-signing Nani on an extended loan spell or arranging a player-plus-cash exchange involving their captain, the attacking midfielder Joao Moutinho. A delegation led by the Sporting vice-president, Ribeiro Teles, is understood to have visited Manchester on Tuesday, hoping to capitalise on a disappointing season for Nani in which he started only seven Premier League games. However, the 22-year-old favours a move to Italy and has expressed misgivings about returning to the club that sold him for around £16m two years ago. A straight cash deal has been ruled out because of Sporting's financial restraints.
Daniel Taylor, The Guardian

Carlos Tevez's United future is also hanging in the balance, according to The Guardian. They allege that Sir Alex Ferguson has made a personal phone call to the striker, who is on international duty, in a bid to persuade him to stay at Old Trafford and spurn the interest of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, among others.

There is also widespread news of Cristiano Ronaldo's potential move to Real Madrid, a story which has subsequently been confirmed by ManUtd.com.

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