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.

22/04/2011 08:30

Papers: Reds want Wesley

Reds launch £25m Sneijder raid to replace Scholes
Sir Alex Ferguson will try to exploit growing turmoil at Inter Milan by making a concerted attempt to sign Wesley Sneijder at the end of the season. Though a huge admirer of Tottenham’s Luka Modric, the Manchester United manager has set his sights on Sneijder as his principal summer target and is prepared to meet a £25million asking price to prise him away from the San Siro. Recruiting a midfielder with drive and energy is Ferguson’s priority, and the feedback on Sneijder’s likely availability has encouraged the Old Trafford boss to seek clearance to proceed with a bid. Sportsmail understands an offer will be lodged with Inter, and their president Massimo Moratti is willing to sanction the Holland World Cup midfielder’s departure, despite him signing a long-term deal this  season. Sneijder, 26, accepted improved terms until 2015 but has since seen Inter unravel under coach Leonardo, with the one-time Brazil midfielder coming under heavy fire for his tactical approach to their Champions League tie against Schalke and Serie A clash against city rivals AC Milan. Sneijder, who spent two seasons at Real Madrid before joining Inter in summer 2009, is ready for a fresh start and evidently relishes the challenge of replacing Paul Scholes as United’s new midfield general.
John Edwards, Daily Mail

The Mail also claims United are monitoring Porto centre-back Rolando and striker Hulk with the Portugese champions apparently ready to cash in on their main assets to ease financial worries.

Meanwhile, The Sun say Sir Alex hopes to have Darren Fletcher, who has been out since early March with a virus, back by the end of the month. The paper also ask three former players - Ian Wright, Lou Macari and Clive Walker - to give their verdict on the Premier League title run-in with the trio all backing the Reds to land the Championship crown.

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