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.

16/06/2011 09:43

Papers: Modric race heats up

The Guardian reports…

Tottenham turn down £22m Cheslea bid
Chelsea had a £22m offer for Luka Modric rejected by Tottenhan Hotspur, according to reports last night, in a move that could ignite a bidding war between the Premier League's three richest clubs as Manchester City and Manchester United also retain a keen interest in the Croatian playmaker. The formal approach by Roman Abramovich, the Chelsea owner, was made late yesterday afternoon but was rejected without consideration by the Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy… With Liverpool and Manchester United having just paid £18m for Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones, respectively, Modric as an established Premier League and international performer is arguably worth considerably more than the £22m offered by Chelsea and so the west London club can be expected to increase their offer markedly… That may risk upsetting Redknapp, who recently declared his desire to keep Modric. "We want to keep him here and build a team round Luka," the Spurs manager said. "If you start thinking about selling your best players, you might as well give up. What's the point in carrying on? It effectively sends out all the wrong signals."
Jamie Jackson

Elsewhere, The Daily Mail claim promoted Norwich City are close to taking young Reds defender Ritchie de Laet on loan for the 2011/12 season. The Belgian joined United in January 2009 and has since enjoyed loan spells at Sheffield United, Preston North End and Portsmouth.

The same paper carries quotes from Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, who's heavily tipped to complete a move to Old Trafford this summer. He says: "That a team like United think of you as a replacement for a goalkeeper as strong as van der Sar is great, but I have to keep fighting and working because I'm just at the start of my career. To get to his level will take a lot of effort."

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