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.

Papers: Rio for China?

20/03/2012 09:21

The Sun reports...

Ferdinand and Lampard offered £250,000 a week
Chinese side Guizhou Renhe have launched an ambitious bid to sign Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard. The Super League outfit have offered the duo £250,000-a-week each to persuade them to quit the Premier League this summer.Guizhou chairman Wang Guolin told the Sun: "I want the best team in China and we are prepared to invest a lot of money to bring Ferdinand and Lampard to us. Many people here watch the Premier League and know how good the two players are." Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua also want Lampard's Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba. Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has been promised £300,000-a-week after tax to take over. But he is expected to snub the approach to stay in Europe. Super-agent Pini Zahavi, who is Ferdinand's agent, is masterminding many of the new deals in China. Zahavi said: "When the Chinese want to achieve something they do it. Football has become a big business for them now and they want to bring in the best players and managers."

Elsewhere, The Daily Mail claims Sir Alex sent his brother, Martin, to scout 20-year-old Rayo Vallecano attacking midfielder Michu on Sunday. The same piece claims Lille right back Mathieu Debuchy and Internacional striker Leandro Damiao are also United transfer targets.

The Mirror run quotes from Jonny Evans on the looming Manchester derby at the end of April. The defender's convinced it could have a big impact on where the title ends up this season. "It's going to be a massive atmosphere and whoever comes out on top in that game will fancy themselves to go on and win the title. It will be a deciding point, but I definitely think there's going to be points dropped by both teams along the way. But, obviously, whoever gets the upper hand in that game will have a great chance of winning it."

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