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.

16/06/2009 07:22

Papers: Tevez decision due

Tevez nearing D-Day


Carlos Tevez faces an agonising choice between Manchester United and Manchester City over the next 48 hours. Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has also talked to Tevez's advisers, who are locked in talks with both Manchester clubs as they move to resolve the striker's future. A late move by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has left the little Argentinian with a difficult choice, and the situation is further complicated by Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti's interest in Tevez. City have made a massive contract offer, thought to be around £6million a year. But yesterday Fergie made a long phone call to Tevez in an attempt to persuade him to stay at Old Trafford. United are ready to meet the asking price of around £22m, though they still want to pay in instalments where City are prepared to meet the fee in full.
David Maddock, Daily Mirror

The Sun says Chelsea have stolen a march on Tevez's other suitors, after new Stamford Bridge manager Carlo Ancelotti personally rang the striker in Buenos Aires to convince him that he should move to London.

The Daily Mail claims United - along with Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid - have registered an interest in Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, but the Bundesliga giants will knock back any bids for their prize asset. The same article goes on to speculate that David Villa will also shun the Reds' interest, in favour of staying in Spain.

Younger, less established stars could be on Sir Alex Ferguson's radar, according to various tabloids. The Express quotes the agent of Brazilian winger Douglas Costa, who says his client is a United target, while The Mirror says the Reds will rival Tottenham and Chelsea for Aston Villa's Ashley Young.

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