Premier League - Papers: United set for spree

Sun, 24 Oct 10:59:00 2010

Manchester United’s owners promised Wayne Rooney an entire new team - which could include Franck Ribery and Gareth Bale - to persuade him to stay at the club, according to the newspapers.

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The People make the bold claim that 11 signings have been promised in the next year while citing Wesley Sneijder as Alex Ferguson's number one target.

The Mail on Sunday also report that the Dutch star could be on his way to Old Trafford after contract talks with Internazionale again broke down.

United apparently launched a 50 million-plus bid in the summer to sign wingers Bale and Ribery. Bayern Munich turned down 30m for the Frenchman while Spurs did not want to know despite 22m being on the table for Wales’ Bale. (Sunday Mirror)

This is why Ferguson was bemused by accusations of a lack of ambition, and will again make a move for the duo in January.

The Sunday Express reckon he will splash 100m on players in the next 12 months, with a world-class goalkeeper, driving midfielder, winger and striker topping the list.

The News of the World have Jordan Henderson as Fergie’s first choice – and believe Michael Carrick and Park Ji-Sung may be used as makeweights to tempt Tottenham into a sale of Bale.

Staying with Rooney, the Sunday Telegraph has it that his new contract contains a ‘break clause’ which allows him to leave for 30m if acquisition targets are not met on a yearly basis.

The NOTW report that winker Cristiano Ronaldo tried to lure Rooney to Real Madrid with a series of “secret texts”.

What is the world coming to when Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants a salary cap?

The oligarch, who has tightened the purse strings in recent seasons at the Premier League champions, is alarmed by the wage inflation symbolised by Rooney’s new deal. (Sunday Times)

Manchester City believe they can still sign the England striker in the summer and will also go for Fernando Torres. (NOTW)

The People, however, say the latest striker coveted by the Arabs at Eastlands – and perhaps Roberto Mancini – is Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente who scored the winner for Spain against Scotland.

Torres and defender Glen Johnson want out of Liverpool in January with morale at Anfield at an all-time low. (Mail on Sunday)

The Reds could cash in on the Spain striker and replace him with Man Utd flop/Liga and World Cup sensation (delete as appropriate) Diego Forlan of Atletico Madrid. They are also eyeing Ashley Young of Aston Villa, whom Spurs are keeping tabs on. (People)

Speaking of Spurs, Mark van Bommel is on their radar to partner Rafael van der Vaart in midfield after contract talks with Bayern broke down. (Mirror)

Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina is unhappy and wants assurances about the direction the club is heading in – Arsenal are waiting to pounce should be decide to leave. (Mirror)

The Gunners are set to ‘do another Fabregas’ and nick teenage midfielder Sergi Samper from under the noses of his Barcelona groomers. (People)

And finally – wait for it – Sven-Goran Eriksson wants to take David Beckham on loan at Leicester. (People)

We’d have led Paper Round on that, had there been a solitary hope in hell of it happening.

Jonathan Symcox / Eurosport

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