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10/07/2013 07:44

Papers: Anzhi eye Nani

David McDonnell writes in The Mirror...

Race for Nani takes fresh twist
United winger Nani is wanted by mega-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. Nani will not be part of the squad which leaves on Wednesday for the champions’ pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia. The winger is injured and will miss the three-week tour, but could ultimately be on his way to Anzhi in a £12million deal. Former United coach Rene Muelensteen has joined Guus Hiddink at Anzhi and could be instrumental in bringing Nani with him. Nani fell out of favour with Sir Alex Ferguson last term and new United boss David Moyes is said to have given him no assurances he will play regularly as he sets about making the squad his own. United paid Sporting Lisbon £17m for Nani back in 2007 but, with just a year left on his contract, may have to settle for much less if they sell him. Nani made just 10 Premier League appearances last season and is now competing with Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and new signing Wilfried Zaha. Italians Roma are also interested in Nani, while Turkish heavyweights Galatasaray had an £8.5m bid for the 26-year-old rejected last season.

The Telegraph says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is to fly to the USA to thrash out contact talks with Cristiano Ronaldo and end United’s hopes of re-signing the forward. “Ronaldo wants to retire at Real Madrid, and we want him to retire here, just like Zidane and so many other great players did,” Pérez is quoted. “You can be absolutely certain that Cristiano will retire at Real Madrid.” In more speculation, The Sun says Huddersfield boss Mark Robins wants to sign Reds youngster Nick Powell on loan this coming season.

Elsewhere, many of today’s papers feature photographs of ‘The class of 1992’ - including David Beckham - walking around Manchester on a reunion. 

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