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.

06/06/2012 08:49

Papers: Duo targeted

David McDonnell in The Daily Mirror writes...

You're next! Baines and Modric top hit-list
Sir Alex Ferguson has struck the first blow in his fight to win back the Premier League title by signing Shinji Kagawa. Fergie's Manchester United have agreed terms with Borussia Dortmund for the midfielder with an initial fee of £12million, rising to a potential £17m. But Ferguson has no intention of stopping there. Everton and England left-back Leighton Baines and ­Tottenham’s Croatia midfielder Luka Modric are still in his sights as he seeks to hit back after Manchester City’s dramatic last-gasp league success. Having missed out on Eden Hazard , United moved swiftly to land Japan star Kagawa for around half the price of Chelsea’s £32m Belgian. He was a key member of Dortmund’s triumphant side last season, helping them to see off Bayern Munich to complete an impressive Bundesliga and German Cup double. The 23-year-old, who can play on both sides or behind the main striker, scored 13 goals in 31 league ­appearances last term. Kagawa’s versatility gives Fergie more flexibility in attack and he is expected to play just off Wayne Rooney. The move is subject to a medical and a work permit, with United expecting to seal the deal by the end of this month.

The Daily Mail also credits United with an interest in Leighton Baines, though Everton insist that there has been no contact from Old Trafford regarding a move. Napoli are also allegedly interested in the £20million-rated full-back.

Elsewhere, Baines' fellow England international, Danny Welbeck, is widely quoted on his hopes for Euro 2012. The striker admits he received a pre-tournament pep talk from Sir Alex Ferguson, saying: “Just before I left to join up with the squad, I had a word with him and he was congratulating me on making the squad, just telling me to play my normal game and go out there."

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