Manchester United are now tracking Brazil starlet Paulo Henrique Ganso as Sir Alex Ferguson sees the midfielder as a potential replacement for Paul Scholes if the club fail to land Wesley Sneijder, Metro has revealed.
The United boss has sent scouts to watch the 21-year-old and has been pleased by what they have reported back about the Santos player and is now considering making the Brazilian club an offer for him.
The Red Devils will have to make a large offer to convince Santos to sell one of their star players, especially as they are likely to lose young striker Neymar. United also face competition for the signing of Ganso from AC Milan, Paris St Germain and Tottenham Hotspur who have all made the youngster a target this summer.
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Vidic: We’re closing in on Barca.
Nemanja Vidic believes Manchester United have closed the gap between themselves and Barcelona with their new signings and he is determined to prove to the world that they are the European champions’ equals.
The Red Devils captain admitted in the Guardian that it has been hard to forget about United’s defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League final but insisted his side are not scared of the Blaugrana: “I don’t know why you are always asking Manchester United players how we are going to bridge that gap, like I say again, this team is successful. We are doing some good things. We don’t have any problem with the Barcelona players. We respect them but we are not scared to play against them.
“It is hard when you get to the final and lose, especially because it was the last game. It is always in your mind. But this is a new season. We have to forget what happened, take some points from that game and improve.”
No Park exit.
Park Ji-Sung has dismissed reports that he could leave Manchester United this summer, the Sunday Mirror reports.
The South Korean, who has been at United for six years, was one of several long-term United expected to leave the club in the current transfer window but Park insisted his time at the club will not be coming to an end anytime soon.
He said: “There’s no truth at all that I would leave United – I want to stay here and I have no reason to leave. I would like to stay here for life, of course – why not? It’s the best club in the world.
“I remember Guus Hiddink [his boss at PSV] said I wouldn’t play many games if I went to Manchester United but he wanted me to stay at PSV at the time. I met Guus this summer and he said he was proud of me and what I have achieved at United.”