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.

19/07/2012 09:12

Papers: Red Robin?

Darren Lewis writes in The Mirror...

Van Persie's mine
Manchester United believe they have won the £20million race to sign Robin van Persie. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is confident the Arsenal captain will team up with Wayne Rooney to form a formidable strike-force in a rebuilt side he hopes can win back the title. Van Persie scored 30 Premier League goals last term to help the Gunners to third in the table, while Rooney struck 27 times for United. Ferguson is understood to have told footballing friends he believes van Persie will be moving to Old Trafford, despite the interest of money-bags Premier League champions Manchester City and Italian league winners Juventus. Selling his skipper to Sir Alex would be a huge blow to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. It would come 12 months after a summer that saw City buy Samir Nasri and Barcelona purchase then-captain Cesc Fabregas. But Arsenal have little option but to sell - unless they want to lose van Persie for nothing next summer, as the forward has announced he will not sign a new deal. City are committed to off-loading players before sanctioning more big spending and, despite the champions’ vastly ­superior financial clout, van Persie is believed to have been most tempted by a move to Old Trafford.

In further transfer news, The Mirror also continues to claim that United are chasing Brazilian international Lucas Moura. In a one-off scouting report, the Sao Paulo winger is labelled a versatile 'hybrid forward' and is strongly likened to Brazilian great Jairzinho.

The Sun says United are ready to pounce if Luka Modric's mooted £35million transfer to Real Madrid fails to materialise. "There has been continuous interest from three different clubs in Luka," says Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas. The Mail adds that the Reds have been alerted after Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski said: "(The Premier League) is a league that I would like to play in, and I hope it happens sometime."

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