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Man Utd news - Utd still keen on Sanchez, Stoke eye £8m duo, Cech: De Gea a risk

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By Peter McVitie

Monday 04 July 2011

Utd still keen on Sanchez.

Sir Alex Ferguson is still optimistic about signing Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez this summer, despite his claims that he will only leave Udinese for Barcelona.

The Daily Mirror reports that United are willing to offer £28million up front for the youngster, whereas the Spanish champions have made a final bid of £24million with £10million of add-ons, an offer the Serie A side may reject.

The Catalan giants may have to pull out of the race to sign the 22-year-old if they manage to sign Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal as they will be unable to afford his transfer fee until they sell more players.

Ferguson and David Gill are confident in landing the player as they have assured him that he would be a first-team player at United, as opposed to a squad player with the Blaugrana.

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Stoke eye £8m duo.

Stoke City are hoping to pounce upon Wes Brown and John O’Shea’s delayed negotiations with Sunderland, according to the Daily Mirror.

The United defensive duo are looking for a way out of Old Trafford this summer and have entered talks with Steve Bruce at Sunderland but both players are keeping their options open before making a decision.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is hoping to bring the pair to the Britannia Stadium in a double deal worth about £8million as he looks to bolster his squad.

Wes Brown has been sizing up his options with Aston Villa and Everton seen as possible destinations but the Potters could be a more beneficial move for the England international as they are closer to home.

Cech: De Gea a risk.

Manchester United have taken a huge gamble in signing 20-year-old goalkeeper David de Gea from Atletico Madrid, says Chelsea shot stopper Petr Cech.

The young Spaniard made the move to United following Edwin van der Sar’s retirement at the age of 40 after six years between the sticks for the Red Devils.

Cech told Sky Sports that the European Under 21 Championship winner has big gloves to fill as he becomes United’s number one at such an early age: “It’s a huge advantage for Manchester United to have a goalkeeper who is 20-years-old because he can stay for many years.

“It’s a huge gamble at the same time because he’s joining, historically, a very successful club with great [former] goalkeepers like Peter Schmeichel, Edwin van der Sar, and we all remember how many years it took to replace Peter Schmeichel.

"So let’s see what is going to happen now Edwin van der Sar has retired because it’s a huge task to fulfil the boots of Van der Sar."

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