WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

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Papers: Atletico want Chicha

22/10/2012 08:34

The Daily Mail reports...

Atletico Madrid want Hernandez to replace Falcao
Atletico Madrid are hoping that Manchester United's Javier Hernandez can be the man to fill Radamel Falcao's boots should the striker depart as expected in January. Falcao, 26, has become the most sought-after striker in Europe and Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are queuing up to meet his £46m release clause in the next transfer window. The Colombian has already expressed his desire to leave the Spanish capital and Atletico hope to lure Mexican Hernandez as his replacement. The 24-year-old arrived in England for a fee of around £7m in 2010 but despite making an instant impact at the club he has fallen behind Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and summer arrival Robin van Persie in the Old Trafford pecking order this season. Hernandez - who netted 20 goals in his debut campaign at United when he started the Champions League final -has just started just one Premier League game this season and has netted just once in seven appearances. Fiorentina are also interested in a January move for the man nicknamed 'Chicharito' but they are only willing to pay £8m and will be gazumped should Atletico be funded by the sale of Falcao.

Many of today’s papers focus on Rio Ferdinand’s decision not wear a Kick It Out anti-racism campaign t-shirt during the warm-up for United’s 4-2 win over Stoke City. PFA Chairman Clarke Carlisle has since backed the defender’s right to free speech, while ex-Red Mark Hughes claims “you'll never get rid of racism totally”.

The Daily Mail also features news first reported by ManUtd.com, confirming Nicky Butt’s return to work at Carrington. The former Reds midfielder is helping the Reserves, assisting Warren Joyce in competing in the Barclays U21 Premier League, Lancashire Senior Cup and Manchester Senior Cup.

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