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19/04/2012 09:30

Papers: Reds top rich list

Mike McGrath writes in The Sun...

United are world's richest
Manchester United have been named the world’s richest club again - and valued at a massive £1.39billion. The Premier League champions topped Forbes magazine’s list for the eighth year in a row following another successful year for manager Alex Ferguson’s men. But neighbours City have still not broken into the top 10 of the rankings, moving up just two places to 13th. The next highest English team after United were Arsenal in fourth, followed by Chelsea in seventh, eighth-placed Liverpool and Tottenham in 11th. Spanish giants Real Madrid are second in the table, followed by their La Liga rivals Barcelona. Germany’s Bayern Munich complete the top five. United landed £103.5million in commercial revenue alone last season. And the Glazer family, who own the club, are thought to be considering putting some of the club on Singapore’s stock exchange which would raise even more funds. United’s value dwarfs the estimated £276.5m of City and their Abu Dhabi owners, headed by Sheikh Mansour.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror claims United are stepping up a bid to sign Athletic Bilbao’s £26million-rated midfield dynamo Oscar de Marcos. Sir Alex is apparently sending his "top spy" to watch the powerful prospect in the first leg of Bilbao's Europa League semi-final against Sporting Lisbon in Portugal on Thursday. The Daily Star reckons United have revived their interest in Luka Modric. Sir Alex has made the £40m-rated Tottenham playmaker his top summer transfer target. And Starsport understands United are currently firm favourites to land the Croatian ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail reports that Reds youngster Bebe has been excluded from first-team training at loan club Besiktas and warned he may never play for them again after he stayed out late in a disco.

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