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.

12/06/2012 08:52

Papers: Modric bid fails

John Cross writes in The Mirror

PSG ready to outbid United for Modric
Big-spending Paris Saint Germain have made a move for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric. The oil-backed French side could end up wrecking Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s hopes of landing Croatia midfielder Modric, as it is believed they are ready to offer £30million-plus. United have already had a £22m bid knocked back, and Ferguson is growing frustrated in his attempts to land Modric. It is believed Modric would prefer a move to Old Trafford rather than PSG, but the French club have made things very complicated for Fergie as he attempts to land him. Modric insists he is only focused on Euro 2012 and is refusing to elaborate on his future. He said: “I’m with the national team. I am a Spurs player and it’s not down to me to speak about it.”

In other transfer gossip, The Sun claims United and Arsenal are among the teams interested in signing CSKA Moscow’s attacking midfielder Alan Dzagoev, who scored twice in Russia’s 4-1 win over the Czech Republic in Euro 2012.

And speculation continues that Crewe starlet Nick Powell is set to undergo a medical with United this week. Crewe manager Steve Davis is quoted in The Guardian as saying: "Nick is still with us but I am sure talks are still ongoing with his agent and clubs. I still envisage him leaving us this summer and we’ll see what happens this week. One thing I can confirm is that he won't be coming back here on loan.”

More: Powell to sign this week? | Scouting report: Alan Dzagoev | Reds bid for Modric

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