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.

18/01/2011 10:30

Papers: Bid for Bastos?

The Daily Mail reports…

Sir Alex Ferguson moves for Lyon’s Michel Bastos as replacement for Patrice Evra
Manchester United have put Lyon left-back Michel Bastos on their list of possible targets to replace Patrice Evra. Sportsmail revealed in December that United had made an enquiry for Benfica’s £25m-rated Fabio Coentrao, wary that Evra is destined for either Real Madrid or Barcelona in the summer. They have also scouted Newcastle’s Jose Enrique who is being monitored by Bayern Munich. Bastos, 27, is a regular in the Brazil squad and was once a target for Tottenham but Lyon now rate him at a costly £20m.

Elsewhere, today's papers are filled with two stories previously reported on ManUtd.com - Evra’s comments regarding the Reds' title challenge and 21-match unbeaten run in the league, as well as the FA's decision to charge Rafael with improper conduct following his dismissal at Tottenham.

The Sun claims Sir Alex Ferguson has introduced extra training sessions in a bid to keep his squad as fresh and fit as possible for the end of season run-in. The paper reports the United boss and his backroom staff have held morning and afternoon workouts on Tuesdays and Thursdays for those players not getting regular first-team action.

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