The Sunday Express reports that Old Trafford chief scout went out to the European U21 Championships to watch the 20-year-old Marco Van Ginkel represent the team against Italy in the semi-final.
The Netherlands lost, but Van Ginkel, a midfielder for Vitesse Arnhem, is firmly on United’s radar. They are not alone, however – Chelsea, who have a link-up with Vitesse, have been watching him closely and are believed to be interested in a £15m deal. And closer to home, Ajax are keen to sign Van Ginkel as well, although they may find the fee prohibitive.
The Daily Star on Sunday also makes the United link, noticing that the Red Devils already have another Dutch player with the word ‘Van’ in his surname: Robin Van Persie.
“Moyes would love to go double Dutch and partner midfielder Marco van Ginkel with his star striker Robin van Persie at Old Trafford next season,” the paper adds.
The Real Madrid campaign to land Gareth Bale has cranked up a notch, according to the People.
Zinedine Zidane has moved on from merely complimenting Bale to saying that the winger should tell Tottenham that he wants to leave.
Zidane said: “I think Real Madrid have made their admiration of Gareth Bale very clear – and it has been made clear that we would not be put off by the cost of the player. “But if Gareth feels now is the time to move then he has to have a private discussion with his club and express that he wants to leave.” But perhaps the club most talked about in today’s back pages are Arsenal – and for Gunners fans there is good news and bad news.
First, the bad news: Manchester City are in pole position to sign long-time target Stevan Jovetic say the Sunday Mirror. The paper claims that a good working relationship between City and Jovetic’s club Fiorentina has led the Sky Blues to believe they will get first refusal on a £25m deal – ahead of Arsenal and also Chelsea.
The Gunners are also ready to activate Marouane Fellaini’s £24m release clause at Everton, according to the Star, beating Manchester United to the midfielder’s signature.
They’re also favourites, the same paper reckons, to sign United winger Nani.
Galatasaray have failed with a £6m bid, the report continues, but Arsenal could face competition from the likes of Juventus and Monaco if they firm up their interest in the Portuguese.
An altogether more ‘Arsene Wenger-style’ signing is mentioned too – an £8m move for Gilbert Imbula. The paper says the 20-year-old midfielder from Guingamp was instrumental in the team’s promotion to Ligue 1 last season, and has caught Wenger’s eye.
And finally, some worrying lines for Newcastle United fans.
The Independent report that the Magpies have been forced to deny rumours that Yohan Cabaye is in Monaco undergoing a medical ahead of a £23m move.
The Mail on Sunday, meanwhile, says that Cheick Tiote is following Papiss Cisse’s stance on the Wonga shirts.
Tiote will meet the club this week and ask them not to use promotional shots of him wearing their new kit, sponsored by the loan company.
The showdown could put Tiote on the radar of several clubs keen to strengthen their midfield.
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