Papers: Summer signings
United and City do battle over signings
Manchester United are going head-to-head with Manchester City in a £55m summer transfer tussle over Alexis Sanchez and Wesley Sneijder. United have outlined an £18m offer to Udinese for Chilean winger Sanchez — just weeks after City underlined their desire to sign the player. The move comes with City also trying to gatecrash United’s bid for £35m-rated Sneijder, 26, and hoping his Dutch team-mate Nigel de Jong can exert some influence. Both deals are currently in United’s favour but City are working hard to persuade the players to come to Eastlands and know they have the greater financial muscle. Udinese want close to £32m for Sanchez, 22, who United have followed since he was a teenager at Chilean side Cobreloa. His performances in Serie A have drawn admirers and he impressed for Chile in the World Cup last summer. City’s football administrator Brian Marwood has already been to Italy three times to talk to Udinese officials about Sanchez and emphasised his desire to sign the player but sources at the Italian club say United are the first to show their hand.Simon Jones, Daily Mail
In other transfer news, a number of the papers feature quotes from Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge who says Bayern are in pole position to sign Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Rummenigge insists "Neuer will not be moving abroad."
All of the papers reflect on United's 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates and look ahead to the huge game against Chelsea next Sunday. Arsene Wenger believes United remain "strong favourites" for the title, while Chelsea skipper John Terry is quoted as saying: "We've never allowed ourselves to stop believing we could come back and United know we will never give up."