Premier League - Paper Round: Qataris to make fresh bid for United
Thu, 24 Feb 09:01:00 2011
The Qatari royal family is to launch a new £1.5 billion bid to buy Manchester United, according to Thursday's papers.
Citing a "source close to the oil-rich emirate's Al Thani family", the Daily Mail claims that a £1bn bid was made earlier this year to test the water, with a view to paving the way for the bigger offer.
The Glazers are thought to be holding out for £1.8bn, but could well be tempted to sell up at £1.5bn. Apparently the Qatari royals see buying the Red Devils as the perfect way to get one over on their Abu Dhabi neighbours, whose big spending has turned Manchester City into title contenders.
Spurs and West Ham have both been linked with the Lorient star in the past, and with the 23-year-old having bagged 15 goals in 22 games so far this season he has been picked up by Arsene Wenger's radar.
Juventus are to launch a £10m bid to land defender Jose Bosingwa from Chelsea this summer, the Mail claims.
The Portuguese right-back, who will have just a year left on his contract at the end of the season, is among the players tipped to be shown the exit door in the Blues' expected summer clear-out.
Chelsea could also lose utility man Yuri Zhirkov: he wants to leave Stamford Bridge if he doesn't get regular first-team action by the end of the season, according to The Sun.
Carlo Ancelotti paid £18m for the 27-year-old soon after he took over at the club in 2009, but he has failed to make much of an impact.
And in yet more Blues news, Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge could see his loan switch to Bolton turned into a permanent deal, reports the Daily Star. The Trotters are prepared to pay up to £10m for a player who has impressed since his move to Lancashire.
Aston Villa are to make a £6m bid for West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green, says the Daily Mirror. Gerard Houllier sees the England shot-stopper as a potential replacement for ageing Villa keeper Brad Friedel, who turns 40 in May and is set to head to MLS in the summer.
The source of this revelation? Darren Bent, whose own £24m transfer fee raised more than a few eyebrows...