Premier League - Papers: United to nick Neuer

Thu, 28 Apr 09:06:00 2011

It is probably not a surprise after his performance on Tuesday night, but Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is now being heavily linked with Manchester United.

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The move makes sense: United need a goalkeeper with Edwin van der Sar retiring in the summer, and after the match Sir Alex Ferguson said that Neuer was perhaps the "finest" goalkeeper United have ever come up against.

The common perception seemed to be that Neuer was guaranteed to sign for Bayern Munich in the summer - but the goalposts seem to have changed since Tuesday night.

Now Bayern are saying they will not be held to ransom over the Neuer transfer fee - but Schalke are starting to smell the chance to get more cash.

"His value on the transfer market is already very high, I don't know if it can still go up," Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt said. "But watching this match, I said to myself, 'Why sell such a player?'"

Bayern chief executive Uli Hoeness said: "We want Manuel, and where there's a will there's a way. But Schalke cannot now demand an astronomical price."

A good few papers, both quality and tabloid, are now linking Neuer with United, with the Daily Star claiming a £24 million bid could seal the deal as Bayern are reportedly not willing to pay over £20m.

An interesting rumour in the Daily Mail, who have linked Newcastle's bad-boy midfielder Joey Barton with a £5m move to Liverpool.

Barton's free-kicks were a great source of goals for Andy Carroll when they were both at St. James' Park, and the paper claims that Kenny Dalglish is now keen to reunite the pair.

Manchester City will look to a couple of South Americans playing in Serie A for their two big signings in the summer, according to The Times. Napoli's Uruguayan striker Edison Cavani and Udinese's Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez top their wish list.

Chelsea are closing in on the £18m capture of 17-year-old Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku, or 'the new Didier Drogba' to give him his (un)official title according to the Sun, but moving out of the club are Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka, says the Mirror.

The Guardian and the Daily Express both claim the Blues are leading the chase for Ajax full-back Gregory van der Wiel, especially now that Bayern Munich are said to be out of the race.

Aston Villa want either Everton boss David Moyes or Fulham's Mark Hughes if Gerard Houllier has to leave the club for health reasons. (The Sun)

In other managerial news, West Ham will move for Martin O'Neill whether they get relegated or not in the summer (Express), while Sam Allardyce has confirmed he would consider a move to the UAE. (The Sun)

The Express reckons Arsenal will move for Blackburn's Phil Jones in the summer and then in turn Liverpool will try and sign Gael Clichy from the Gunners.

The Mail links Tottenham and Birmingham with Werder Bremen centre-half Domink Schmidt, while Spurs are also interested in Juventus striker Amauri, according to the Express.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has moved into pole position in the race to land Cardiff striker Jay Boothroyd on a free transfer at the end of the season. (Mirror)

Blackburn have been warned that they will have to offer £7m if they are to secure the services of Malaga midfielder Jose Recio. (Mail)

Fulham will renew their interest in Manchester City's Shaun Wright-Phillips come the end of the season. (Express)

While another Manchester City star, Pablo Zabaleta, is reportedly a target of Valencia. (The Sun)

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