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: Reds in Ribery bid?

05/05/2009 10:23

United launch £63m bid for Franck Ribery
Manchester United have made an offer of about €70m (£62.5m) for the Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribéry as they close in on a deal that would shatter the world transfer record. Sources in Munich confirmed the bid has been received for the France international, who has made his desire to leave Germany known in the past few weeks. United scouts have repeatedly watched the 26-year-old in recent Bundesliga matches and sounded out his friends and entourage in Munich. United's remarkable offer, which comfortably eclipses the record £44m paid by Real Madrid for Zinedine Zidane in 2001, is contingent on the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Madrid this summer but the approach to Bayern has been firm enough to suggest that the Portuguese's departure is a near certainty. Although Bayern are understood to have turned down United's offer, it is considered the first serious move in a negotiation that will eventually bring the winger to Old Trafford.
Raphael Honigstein, The Guardian

There's more transfer speculation in the Daily Mail, which claims United "have leapt to the head of the queue for Paris St Germain’s defensive prodigy Mamadou Sakho. The France Under 21 international, who became PSG’s youngest captain aged 17, is rated at £12m after an outstanding season."

The majority of today's back pages focus on tonight's big game of course. For example, The Sun leads on the prospect of Wayne Rooney missing the Champions League final if the Reds win and he picks up his third yellow card of the competition in the process.

The Sun also says that United "plan to make Old Trafford bigger than Wembley. Red Devils chiefs will push capacity up to 95,000 from the current 75,000. That would make United’s stadium the biggest in the country."

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