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.

11/05/2012 08:30

Papers: Giggs for Team GB

Martyn Ziegler writes in the Mail...

You can have Giggs, but that's it
Manchester United have written to the FA to say Stuart Pearce cannot select any of their over-age players for the British Olympic team apart from Ryan Giggs. And the 38-year-old has indicated he would accept an invitation - each squad are allowed three over-age players - so long as the Football Association of Wales did not oppose him doing so. The club have ruled out Team GB coach Pearce picking Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes and Jonny Evans for the Olympic tournament at London 2012 as over-23 players. Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling may also be part of the Olympic squad if they are not picked for England's Euro 2012 campaign.

Elsewhere, there are plenty of transfer rumours upon which to feast. The Mail speculates that Arsenal will rival United for £7million-rated Borussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa, and the same paper tips the Reds, Manchester City and Chelsea to swoop for Fulham's Moussa Dembele if the Belgian fails to agree a new deal at Craven Cottage.

The Times also joins the fray, with the unusual story that Sir Alex Ferguson is set to sign another promising goalkeeper - Sporting Lisbon's Rui Patricio - to put pressure on David De Gea. Meanwhile, heading out of United, according to The Mail, is Paul Pogba. 'At last' proclaims their headline, above a piece speculating that the French midfielder will join Juventus on July 1.

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