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Ferguson hot for Wesley Sneijder
Sir Alex Ferguson will break the bank to land Wesley Sneijder in a £40m deal that he hopes will see Manchester United remain champions. Fergie was left stunned by United’s capitulation to bitter rivals Manchester City in Sunday’s 6-1 derby defeat at Old Trafford. Now he is set to act by telling United’s owners the Glazers to spend whatever it takes to land Sneijder in the January transfer window. The Holland and Inter Milan ace has been a long-term target of Fergie’s. He spent the whole of last summer trying to sign him but failed to thrash out a deal with the Italian giants. The Scot was left frustrated as United refused to meet Inter’s asking price while Sneijder was demanding in excess of £200,000 a week. But Fergie remains a big fan of the midfield schemer and knows he would be the ideal replacement for Paul Scholes, who retired in the summer.
In The Sun, Pepe Guardiola insists United are still one of the top teams in the world, despite talks of a power shift in English football. The Barcelona boss said: “For me United remain one of the best teams in the world. Nothing changes that — even losing 6-1 at home to City.”
Elsewhere, The Guardian features an interview with ex-Red Louis Saha, who is wary of a Reds backlash when his Everton side face Sir Alex’s men on Saturday. “It's may be a bad time,” explained Saha. “I know the manager and he will surely push them to do well and ask a lot of them.”