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25/04/2011 10:30

Papers: Patricio to OT?

Simon Mullock writes in the Daily Mirror...

United in talks over £10m Portuguese keeper
Manchester United have opened talks with Sporting Lisbon for £10million-rated keeper Rui Patricio. Sir Alex Ferguson is in the market for a new No 1 after 40-year-old Edwin van der Sar refused to perform a U-turn on his summer retirement plans. And Fergie has now set his sights on Portuguese star Patricio after missing out on a host of other targets. First-choice Manuel Neuer has snubbed the Premier League leaders for Bayern Munich after announcing his intention to quit United’s ­Champions League semi-final ­opponents Schalke this summer. Atletico Madrid ­shot-stopper David De Gea has made it clear he is reluctant to leave Spain, even though United were willing to meet the £18m asking price for the 20-year-old. And with Liverpool ­reluctant to sell Pepe Reina to their bitter rivals from the opposite end of the East Lancs Road – the Spaniard is now also emerging as a target for Chelsea – it has forced Ferguson to make a move for Patricio. The 24-year-old ­international has been on United’s radar since 2009.

The Sun pick up on Wayne Rooney joining Twitter - no doubt a source they'll be exploiting - and the same paper claims he's the man Schalke fear on Tuesday. Christoph Metzelder is quoted as saying: "It's all about stopping Rooney, he's the key player. Against Chelsea he dropped into the midfield, so it's important to defend against him not only with the defensive line but also with the midfielders."

Carlo Ancelotti's comments in the Daily Mirror suggest he is drawing inspiration in the title race from his own Juventus' collapse in 2000, when they lost out to Lazio. "I lost a title nine points up with eight games to go. It can happen. It's not a nice feeling. It was very difficult to think two months ago that we could stay with the lead so for this reason, at this moment, we are happy."

The Daily Star suggests Charlie Adam is Liverpool-bound despite being linked with United in some quarters. Apparently, the Blackpool captain "has always fancied playing under Kenny Dalglish" which is a little surprising considering the Anfield boss has been out of management for so long.

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