Premier League - Papers: United offered Diarras

Eurosport - Fri, 30 Apr 08:45:00 2010

Manchester United have been offered the services of Real Madrid midfield duo Lassana Diarra and Mahamadou Diarra.

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The pair, who are not related, are deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu as Real look to offload several players in a summer clearout to free up cash for another assault on the transfer market.

United would consider the two players, but they are not priorities, especially with former Portsmouth star Lassana costing 15 million and Mahamadou, who United tried to buy from Lyon, likely to fetch up to 6m. (Daily Mail)

United have put a block on plans to invite Rangers to Old Trafford for Gary Neville's testimonial match after police and the local council raised objections.

Rangers fans rioted in the city on the day of the UEFA Cup final two years ago and following "unofficial soundings" with the relevant authorities, the message was clear in Manchester: Rangers are the least desirable prospective opponents. (The Guardian)

Meanwhile, United have been told they will need "two truckloads of cash" if they are to prise highly-rated centre-back Neven Subotic away from Borussia Dortmund. Put another way, United would need to hand over "two oilfields" to get the Serbia international, according to Dortmund executive director Jans Joachim Watzke. (Daily Mirror)

Bad news for Premier League fans: Lionel Messi says he will never play in England. Just hours after Barcelona's Champions League exit at the hands of Internazionale, the Argentine wizard nipped any rumours in the bud by saying he will stay at Barca for life. (Daily Mirror)

And bad news for Manchester City fans: Gigi Buffon has said there is "no way" the club can expect Europe's top players to sign for them.

The Italy international, who was himself a target of City last summer, claimed the mega-rich Champions League hopefuls are not part of an elite list of clubs capable of attracting the very best players. (Daily Express)

Arsenal contract rebel William Gallas has been told to put pen to paper on a new deal by May 31 or pack his bags.

The French defender's current contract expires this summer and with no new deal signed as yet, Arsene Wenger may be forced to let him go. Milan and Roma are monitoring the situation with interest. (Daily Star)

Newcastle are set to join the race to sign Hull City midfielder Stephen Hunt, who may cost as much as 5m. (Daily Mirror)

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is keen to thrash out a deal to keep Marcelo Moreno at the DW Stadium after the on-loan Bolivian ace impressed this season. (The Sun)

In other news, Everton manager David Moyes has agreed a 500,000 deal for Portugal U20 striker Joao Silva (The Sun), Wolves are in the hunt for Aruna Dindane (Daily Mirror) and Blackburn defender Phil Jones is set to become the subject of a bidding war between Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa this summer (Daily Express).

And finally, Wayne Rooney is set for a bumper 500,000 payday for one night's work when he competes in a Gladiators-style contest to decide who is the most skilful player in the world - six days after the World Cup final.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also lined up for the glitzy event at London's O2 Arena, as are Didier Drogba, Cesc Fabregas, Steven Gerrard and David Villa. (Daily Mirror)

Reports that Jet, Wolf and Lampshade will make guest appearances are yet to be confirmed.


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