WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

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Papers: Reds eye Ronaldo

22/02/2013 08:52

Duncan Wright writes in the Daily Star...

£55million to get Ronaldo back
Manchester United are working on a stunning £55m deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford. United aim to piece together a complex financial package which will become the new model for big contracts in European football. Starsport understands the Ronaldo camp are looking at commercial ventures which would tie in with a Premier League return this summer. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has remained a huge influence on the Real Madrid star’s career and the 28-year-old is now ready to come back to the club where he became a global star. Ronaldo believes he has not been given the respect he deserves in Spain, even in Madrid, because fans favour the brilliance of Lionel Messi ahead of him. With his major ally at Real, boss Jose Mourinho, leaving at the end of the season, the Portugal star is now open to moving back to England. Paris St Germain remain in the market, and the French club could step up their interest if they are the ones to give Mourinho his next job in management – but the north-west of England is the favoured destination for the player.

The Mirror says Real Madrid want David De Gea to be their long-term number one goalkeeper as a replacement for Iker Casillas. The tabloid paper claims the Spanish champions “are ready to make a move for De Gea this summer - regardless of whether Jose Mourinho stays or goes as it is a club decision.”

Elsewhere, The Independent believes Nani wants to leave United, despite Sir Alex revealing talks are ongoing to keep the player at Old Trafford. Ian Herbert, who wrote the piece, says “the 26-year-old's stellar display against Reading has not altered his pessimism about his future.”

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