Paris Saint Germain are preparing an £18m bid for Manchester United’s Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov, the Daily Mail have reported.
Although Berbatov achieved the accolade of being the joint top scorer in the Premiership last season with 21 goals, he failed to even make the bench for United’s Champions League Final encounter with Barcelona in May, which has fuelled persisting speculation about his long-term future at Old Trafford ever since. Sir Alex Ferguson has endeavoured to dampen any such speculation most recently by saying: “Everyone has been talking about Berbatov from the outside, saying he wants to leave or we want him to leave but we want him to stay.”
However with the strong financial backing of their new Qatari owners, PSG are believed to be optimistic on their chances of negotiating a deal for Berbatov even though the striker is contracted to United until next summer, with the option of a further two years thereafter.
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Scholes believes in youngsters.
Paul Scholes believes there is the potential for Manchester United to find his replacement from within the club’s talented youth ranks, ESPN have reported.
Whilst complementing the ability of Wesley Sneijder, with the Dutchman continuing to be linked with a move to Old Trafford, Scholes has been quick to identify the raft of exciting young midfielders emerging from United’s academy who could potentially provide Sir Alex Ferguson with a creative spark from central midfield spark and save the manager from having to spend big in the transfer market for this.
“Sneijder has been brilliant for the last year or so with Inter and Holland,” conceded Scholes before going on to express how impressed he is with United’s new batch of young midfielders. “We’ve got a lot of young talent, people like Tom Cleverley, Paul Pogba is another good midfielder in the youth team set-up. Additionally Ryan Tunnicliffe was sensational in midfield every time I saw him last year. Overall looking at the youth team, next year I think we have a lot of good prospects for the first team.”
Valencia agrees new deals.
Antonio Valencia has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United which extends his allegiance to the Old Trafford side until the summer of 2015, BBC Sport has revealed.
A horrific ankle break suffered last September against Rangers in the Champions League, resulted in Valencia spending the majority of the 2010-2011 season on the sidelines, although the Ecuadorian did return in March to make some valuable contributions to United’s Premiership winning and Champions League campaigns. Subsequently Alex Ferguson voiced his delight of United’s recruitment of Valencia for another four years. “Antonio has made a fantastic contribution since his arrival. His speed, crossing ability and versatility have been a big asset for us,” said Fergie of Valencia who he signed from Wigan in 2009.
On confirmation of his new contract agreement with United Valencia declared: “I am delighted to stay at United. I hope that I can continue to develop. I am looking forward to making my contribution to helping this squad compete for more trophies.”