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09/05/2012 09:01

Papers: Scrap for Powell

Chris Bascombe writes in The Telegraph...

United and Everton fight for rated Powell
Manchester United and Everton are pursuing Crewe’s goalscoring teenage midfielder Nick Powell. Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes both watched the 18 year-old in action against Aldershot last Saturday. Powell, the latest graduate from a prolific youth academy at Gresty Road, has scored 15 times for Crewe this season as the Railwaymen push for League Two promotion via the play-offs. He is valued at about £2.5 million. Moyes is desperate to add youth to his squad in the summer but will be realistic about his chances of signing the youngster if Ferguson matches any Goodison bid. Manchester United are also hoping to add vibrant young talent to their ranks as they fight to retain highly-rated midfielder Paul Pogba in the light of Juventus’s move. It is understood Pogba’s representatives have written to United’s chief executive, David Gill, to declare their player’s desire to quit Old Trafford for Serie A. That would be a major setback to Ferguson, who tried to convince Pogba his future was in the Premier League.

The Mirror have gone one step further regarding the Paul Pogba to Juventus story, claiming the Frenchman has already agreed to sign a four-year-deal worth nearly £20,000-a-week with the new Italian champions.

Many of today’s papers also feature comments made by Athletic Bilbao ace Fernando Llorente, who says beating United has given his side the belief they can win tonight’s Europa League final against Spanish compatriots Athletico Madrid. The striker said: “We want to ensure Old Trafford will not just be remembered as a great night in a campaign we didn’t win.”

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