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Ferguson plans to strike gold
Arsene Wenger has always used the French connection, Rafa Benitez relied heavily on his Spanish sources at Liverpool but Sir Alex Ferguson is increasingly tapping into the Latin America market. After gaining a work permit for Chile striker Angelo Henriquez, Manchester United are interested in one of Mexico’s Olympic gold-medal winners, midfielder Hector Herrera. United signed Mexican Javier Hernandez from Chivas Guadalajara two years ago and they also have Ecuador winger Antonio Valencia and three Brazilians on the books: the Da Silva twins, Rafael and Fabio, and Anderson. It would have been four had Ferguson not been gazumped by Qatari-backed Paris St-Germain for Lucas Moura. Several years ago United appointed a scout to keep an eye on emerging talent in South and Central America, realising the region had highly talented but relatively cheap young players. Herrera was on United’s radar when he was voted best player in this summer’s Toulon Under-21 tournament. Mexico won that competition before becoming Olympic champions.
The Guardian also carries a story on United’s reported interest in Hector Herrera, while The Sun claims Nani has "dropped his wage demands to save his United future", after claiming earlier in the week that the Portuguese’s Reds career was in the balance.
The Telegraph runs a feature on the "nervous times" ahead for unwanted Premier League players as the transfer window deadline gets closer – and it includes Dimitar Berbatov and summer exit Michael Owen in its list.
Several papers take our exclusive quotes by Ryan Giggs on Robin van Persie and The Sun declares Jonny Evans will definitely return from injury against Fulham on Saturday.
And finally, the Daily Mail relays how the Belfast home in which George Best grew up has been turned into a B&B, where visitors can stay in the Reds legend’s bedroom.