Premier League - Paper Round: United planning summer splurge

Sun, 06 Mar 10:02:00 2011

Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson is planning a £100 million spending spree in the summer in a bid to rebuild his squad.

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The Scot is said to be keen to bring in a host of new, young talent in order to leave the club with a promising future when he decides to retire (Sunday Express).

On the 69-year-old's wish list, according to the Sunday Express, is Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale (reportedly worth £30m), Aston Villa's Ashley Young (£20m), Sunderland's Jordan Henderson (£15m), Everton's Jack Rodwell (£10) and Southampton teenager Alex Chamberlain (£10m).

United are also in the market for a new goalkeeper to replace the retiring Edwin van der Sar and have reportedly set aside £10m for the task, with Dutchman Maarten Stekelenburg the keeper of choice at the moment.

United might have competition for Rodwell though in the form of local rivals, City, according to the Daily Star Sunday.

The Toffees do not want to lose the 19-year-old and have slapped an astonishing £30m price tag on their midfielder in a bid to discourage potential buyers.

But City are apparently not put off by the figure with Mancini a big fan of Rodwell, although no official interest has been lodged with Everton as yet.

Another club keen to price a midfielder out of the market are Spurs, who have said they will not even consider offers of less than £50m as they look to keep hold of Luca Modric (Daily Star Sunday).

Real Madrid, Barcelona. Manchester United and Chelsea are all said to be keen on the Croat but Harry Redknapp has told Spurs chairman David Levy that Modric is irreplaceable and vital to the club's dream of becoming a regular fixture in European football.

Staying at Spurs, David Bentley has admitted that his relationship with Redknapp is beyond repair (Daily Star Sunday).

Bentley left Blackburn Rovers for Spurs but was frozen out at White Hart Lane and went on loan to Birmingham in the January transfer window.

"I went there (Spurs) with big ideas, wanting to be part of a team on the up. Not to be a part of that was very difficult to take.

"I don’t know if I've played my last game for Spurs but a lot of bridges have been burnt. Whether they can be repaired, I don’t know."

Roma are keen to continue their pursuit of Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti despite the Italian's insistence that he would like to see out his contract at Stamford Bridge (Sunday Express).

Ancelotti has admitted his dream job would be to manage a Serie A side but has also said he would like to stay at Chelsea, despite rumours that his job is on the line if the Blues fail to win silverware this season.

"There are a lot of rumours in Italy," Ancelotti said. "But I want to be clear that I want to stay here.

"I feel good here. I said one day in an interview that my dream is to train Roma, because Roma was my first team as a player. But it's a dream. In the future I would like to do this, not now."

Also at Chelsea, the club are reportedly preparing a bid for Wigan's James McCarthy in the summer (Sunday Express).

The club made enquiries about McCarthy, who received an elbow to the head from Wayne Rooney against Manchester United last weekend, in the January transfer window.

The move was rebuffed by Wigan but the Blues are apparently set to return in the summer with an improved £5m offer.

Soloman Kalou, however, is considering his future at the club since becoming sidelined after the arrival of £50m Fernando Torres (Sunday Mirror Sport).

"It's been difficult watching from the sidelines these past few weeks," the Ivorian said.

"If an opportunity doesn't come, that's when you sit down at the end of the season and think about it."

Preston boss Phil Brown has revealed that Robbie Fowler is keen on a return from Australia to join the club for some Championship football.

Fowler has been with Perth Glory for the past two years but is reportedly keen on a return to his roots in Preston, despite a deal still being a long way off (Sunday Express).

North of the border, Neil Lennon is apparently set to consider his future as Celtic boss in the summer (Sunday Express).

Lennon was involved in a bad-tempered Old Firm bust-up in mid-week before being put under 24 hour security after a suspicious package was intercepted.

"Only Neil and his family can make that decision but I think it is something they'll look at in the summer," Celtic first team coach Alan Thompson said.

Fabio Capello is set to postpone his retirement from football after he quits as England boss in 2012 as he seeks a return to club management.

The Italian had originally said that bossing England would be his last job and has ruled out extending his deal but the Sunday Mirror Sport reports that several clubs have already contacted the former Real Madrid, Milan, Juventus and Roma boss about a possible deal.


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