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03/03/2011 09:30

Papers: Neuer is yours

Neuer is all yours Fergie
Manchester United's hopes of landing Manuel Neuer have been dramatically revived after Schalke's chairman invited them to make an official bid for the Germany keeper. Neuer has long been the top name on United's list of targets to succeed Edwin van der Sar, but Sir Alex Ferguson feared he was bound for Bayern Munich. He could yet fill the gap left by Van der Sar's impending retirement, though, after Schalke chief Clemens Tonnies said: "I have been informed by an international consultant that United are interested in signing Manuel. Provided they submit a written offer, we will deal with the matter and give them permission to speak to him." The 24-year old has 18 months left on his current contract, and though Schalke are still trying to persuade him to sign a new one, they are resigned to losing him, after struggling to challenge for a European place in the Bundesliga. United have also been linked with Julio Cesar, Pepe Reina, Maarten Stekelenburg, Rene Adler and Hugo Lloris, but Neuer has consistently been under closest review.
John Edwards, Daily Mail

Meanwhile, the Mail also claim United are keeping an eye on Spain and Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente who has a £34million buy-out clause in his contract.

In other news, all the papers suggest the Football Association are looking into the manager's comments after the Chelsea game.

The Sun says Sir Alex will give Rio Ferdinand until Saturday to prove he is fit for Sunday's trip to bitter rivals Liverpool. The boss wants to give Ferdinand every chance of making the game, despite writing him off in public.

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