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: Brazilian target

04/09/2012 09:16

The Daily Mail report...

United join race to sign Brazil hotshot
Manchester United are considering a January move for Brazil striker Leandro Damiao. Tottenham failed in a £20m bid for Damiao last week while the 23-year-old was offered to Liverpool on loan but the deal was considered too expensive. United held talks over Damiao in February and intermediaries met his representatives in Sao Paulo Airport on Monday to outline a proposal for January. The striker won a silver medal at the Olympics and was tournament top scorer with six goals. United bolstered their front line with the £24m signing of Robin van Persie from Arsenal this summer and also boast Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez among their ranks. But Leandro is fast becoming one of world football's hottest properties after his star showing at London 2012.

Elsewhere, most papers carry quotes from Dimitar Berbatov on the Bulgarian's Old Trafford exit. He claims Sir Alex told him that he no longer suited United's style of football. "I felt bad about it and I don't think I deserved this treatment as I was the top scorer," he said. "I tried to fight it but it didn't work out."

The Daily Star also claim Sir Alex "isn't sure who his no.1 goalkeeper is anymore", following the weekend's fixture at Southampton. The boss dropped David De Gea but admitted his replacement, Anders Lindegaard, "was a little bit nervous at points" against the Saints. He has also vowed, however, that De Gea will return to the side following the current international break.

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