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United chase Porto defender
Manchester United are weighing up an £18million move for Porto defender Rolando. The classy centre half has shot to prominence with his performances in the Champions League. He is well thought of by former United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz, who has called him up to the full Portugal squad. Rolando, 24 and 6ft 3in, has an eye for goal and has formed a strong partnership with another United target, Bruno Alves. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are in the market for defenders because of concerns over the futures of centre halves Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Ferguson is reluctant to pay over the odds but Porto value Rolando at around £28m.
Writing for the Mirror, Simon Bird believes Newcastle will fail to land on-loan full back, United’s Danny Simpson, on a permanent deal because they cannot agree a transfer fee with the Reds, or a wage package with the defender.
Neil Custis of The Sun reports Wayne Rooney wants a £140,000-a-week contract, a demand, the journalist claims, that could end Rooney's career at the club given the Reds' current financial situation.
In other Rooney-related news, Sir Alex has tipped the striker to be the star of the World Cup, according to Mark Ogden of the Telegraph. He quotes the United boss as saying: “I think he's a growing player, he is young and I have seen his development in the last few years. He's a fantastic player. A player becomes the Player of the Tournament and his whole career is celebrated because of his performances. Rooney is capable of doing that.”