Manchester United have made Franck Ribery and Gareth Bale their top transfer targets.
According to the Daily Mirror Sir Alex Ferguson had already received the funding from club owners the Glazer family to make a £22m bid for Bale and a £30m offer for Ribery.
The summer bids were rejected but “given their transfer guarantee to Rooney, United may even return in the January transfer window” for the two players.
There are rumours in Germany that “United do not only covet Ribery, they would like to recruit his attacking partner Arjen Robben as well.”
Hulk linked with Utd.
The striker has been in great form recently, scoring a couple of glorious goals in the Europa League on Thursday. The rival Besiktas ans applauded him off as he lead his team to victory despite having only 9 men on the pitch.
Portugese newspaper Lusa reports that United face a battle with Inter Milan for the players signature, but that Porto are not planning on letting him go until the summer.
Hulk has a buyout clause of £100m but the paper believes he will be available for anything between £15m and £20m.
Rooney still set for exit.
Wayne Rooney’s new contract could just be a ploy to maintain his transfer fee. The Sun has highlighted out the similarities to the beginnings of the Ronaldo saga in 2007.
The paper reports, “Wayne Rooney signing a new contract has ensured for United that his transfer value has rocketed again. He had he gone in January, it could have been for £40million, or worse still, £25million next summer.”
The paper claims that like Ronaldo, “The door might have to stay open because Rooney could well be coming back through it in eight months, just as Ronaldo did.” Many United fans will hope that this really is the end of the Rooney saga, not just a hiatus.