Manchester United have set a valuation of £6m on striker Mame Biram Diouf and have rejected offers from clubs who wish to take the player on loan, according to The Mirror.
The 23-year-old forward was on loan at Blackburn last season and scored six goals in the campaign. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has now set his valuation on the player, who has played some part in United’s pre-season, and any clubs interested will have to pay the valuation to get the Senegalese forward.
Diouf signed for the Red Devils from Norwegian side Molde in 2009 and has seen limited football in his time at Old Trafford, so a move away could benefit the forward. He also has competition in front of him and Diouf may not be content to play reserve team football all season. Blackburn, Everton and Fulham have all checked out Diouf’s availability, but none seem too keen on United’s inflated valuation.
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Sir Alex makes Goetze prime target.
Manchester United have switched attention to Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mario Goetze after becoming frustrated with attempts to sign Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder.
The Daily Express reports that the 19-year-old has been touted by United scouts after his stunning performance in Germany’s 3-2 victory over Brazil last week. He is rated as one of the best talents in the Bundesliga after helping Dortmund to land the title last season and has attracted interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Goetze is contracted to Dortmund until 2014 and is valued at around £20m. The youngster himself has admitted that he has dreamt of playing at big clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United in the future and a move could be sealed soon by Sir Alex Ferguson as he looks to strengthen the squad before the end of the transfer window.
United’s advances for the German wonderkid have updated following the problems United faced in trying to sign Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder. Inter’s reluctance to lower their fee and Sneijder’s reluctance to lower his wages have stopped the deal and now Goetze could be touted as the next target for United’s youthful revolution.
Ferdinand wants youngsters to taste success.
Rio Ferdinand believes that getting the taste of success is the key for United’s young players integrated into the squad, The Sun reports.
United opened their Premier League title defence with a 2-1 victory over West Brom and the team was filled with young players that will be given a chance by United this season. Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson will need some of the youth players after the injuries to Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic on Saturday. Ferdinand himself knows that the club will improve with the young players brought in by Sir Alex.
Ferdinand said: “Getting that continuity, that smell and taste of success is something that all the young guys who have come into the squad and not won anything yet need to feel. They need to sense it and become a part of it. I am sure they will enjoy doing that this year.”