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.

17/11/2011 10:22

Papers: £15m Berba bid?

David McDonnell writes in The Mirror...

Russians plan £15m Berbatov swoop
Dimitar Berbatov is a £15million January target for mega-spending Russian club FC Anzhi Makhachkala. Berbatov, currently out of favour at Manchester United, has been offered an escape route from his Old Trafford predicament. Anzhi have been in talks with the 30-year-old's agent, Emil Danchev, and are willing to pay the striker £7.5million a year. Berbatov and his agent are holding out for £12m, but a deal will be done if a compromise is reached on the player’s wage demands. “We would be interested when Anzhi make a concrete offer,” said Danchev. “We will sit down with Dimitar and ponder this. I don’t know if Dimitar is happy in Manchester. He plays, then he just sits on the bench.” United are willing to let Berbatov go - particularly with Anzhi willing to pay such a generous price for the Bulgarian, who was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson from Tottenham for £30m in 2008.

Fabio Capello has heaped praise upon Phil Jones, even comparing the United defender to Franco Baresi and Fernando Hierro. Having cast a watchful eye over the 19-year old during the recent international break, the England manager is confident Jones can emulate the legendary pair.“It is difficult to find a player like him, really difficult," says Capello, quoted in The Telegraph. "He can play in different positions always at the top level. I found in my career probably two players – Franco Baresi and Fernando Hierro. They played as midfielders and after they played centre-back.”

The same paper claims Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will plead not guilty after the FA charged the Uruguayan for his conduct towards Patrice Evra during United’s 1-1 draw at Anfield in October.

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