Papers: Beware the Blues
Paul Brown writes in The Daily Star...
Sir Alex targets big-spending Blues
Sir Alex Ferguson says the whopping summer spending spree by Chelsea has thrown down the gauntlet to their rivals. The Manchester United boss is working to wrap up a £26m move for Brazil winger Lucas Moura. But so far this summer he has signed only Shinji Kagawa and youngster Nick Powell for relatively modest fees, despite ending last season without a trophy. By contrast the Blues are this week expected to take their summer spending past £60m when they sign Brazil midfielder Oscar. And Ferguson reckons that’s a challenge for United – and the rest of the Premier League. He said: “Chelsea’s owners have got their enthusiasm back after winning the Champions League, there’s more expectation on them now. That was the trophy Roman Abramovich always wanted, so he’s invested in the team again this summer. It’s a challenge for us, and we always respect Chelsea. You just have to wait and see how good these players are."
The Mirror claims Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has locked horns with the Blues' chief football administrator, Brian Marwood, over Robin van Persie. The article claims the Dutchman prefers a move to United or Juventus, while Mancini is reportedly furious that the Premier League champions are lagging in the race for his signature.
In other transfer news, The Mirror credits United with an interest in River Plate's Argentina youth international Ezequiel Cirigliano. The midfielder is reportedly available for £5million and has also interested Manchester City and Paris St Germain.
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