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.

30/04/2013 07:31

Papers: Fight for Ronaldo

Neil Custis writes in The Sun...

United hit back as PSG join Ron race
United will have to battle Paris Saint-Germain to recapture Cristiano Ronaldo. The French Ligue 1 leaders have contacted Real Madrid with a ‘substantial offer’ for the former Old Trafford idol. That has prompted United to speak with Ronaldo’s agent in a bid to see off a potential move to the French capital and get the 28-year-old back. SunSport revealed last month that United have held high-level talks with their main sponsors Nike to put a package together to land the Portuguese superstar. United, who sold Ron to Real for £80million in 2009, are willing to offer £65m plus a player - most likely Nani - if they get the green light from Ronaldo’s people that the player wants a move. But they have now been panicked by PSG’s move. A United source said: “United are not happy now PSG have made their move with a substantial offer. They will not give up, however, and have told Ronaldo’s agent of their intent.” The Qatari backed big spenders from France are understood to have offered Real £80m. They would also top any wage offer by United who would make him joint top earner at Old Trafford with Wayne Rooney on £250,000 a week. His main sponsors Nike would also offer the player further incentives to move back to United.

In The Telegraph, Patrice Evra says that Arsenal fan should not have booed Robin van Persie on his return to the Emirates Stadium last Sunday. The French full-back is quoted: "People forget what he achieved for Arsenal. But he showed them that he hasn’t made the wrong choice. It was a long time that he didn’t win the league at Arsenal, but he has come to Manchester United and done it.”

Finally, that trusty public transport newspaper The Metro claims Bayern Munich now want to sign Liverpool’s Luis Suarez because they believe Roberto Lewandowski is set to join United.

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