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United Definitely Want Ribery - That's Great!

The speculation proved to be true this time: United DO want Franck Ribery who is reportedly unsettled at Bayern Munich - the Bayern chairman himself has confirmed that.

'Real have asked in person, through their president, Florentino Perez, and his adviser, Pedro Jimenez, whether we will talk to them about a deal,' Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

'There are clubs that have come to us with offers. Chelsea's bid has already been reported, and there's also Manchester United and Barcelona.

'We are approaching it calmly, because we are the ones who have the power to make the decision.'

Rummenigge added that they had no interest in selling Ribery and therefore Bayern are able to approach the situation with complete calmness. They want a huge price for their player who is comfortably among the top 10 footballers of the world.

I'd love him at Old Trafford even though he wouldn't be a typical Ferguson signing: the only established star who joined us from the continent was Juan Sebastian Veron - and he cost awful money and had some trouble with his passport in Italy. Not to mention that he performed well below expectations.

But Ribery is class and if he's available around 40 million then we should definitely sign him. Problem is he's thought to be preferring a move to Spain and while Real Madrid might not spend another crazy sum (but you never know) Barcelona are there with a long-term interest in the player - and they need him because Thierry Henry is not getting younger.

We'll see - but one thing is certain: this year's transfer window will be as frustrating as exciting...

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 16 2009

Time: 10:24AM

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There are no doubts he would be a fantastic signing,he can play in quite a few positions but then again I guess his wife has a problem with england,hence his preference for spain.If his price tag is below 40million(35million more appropriate) and not that ridiculous 50million or above then I would say yes.We cannot afford to take such a big risk with ribery at 50million,on paper a fantastic signing but he has to settle in,get used to the pace of the english game,there will be a lot of pressure on him to deliver,just like berbatov has.So at that price tag no way.
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16/06/2009 10:52:00

As I said before I would still hope we grab young,valencia and one striker since tevez is most likely to leave.The striker for me would be huntelaar if the reports are to be believed this morning about madrid wanting to sell.All three that I have mentioned are pretty young and two of them are already established in england,so not a lot of risk on that front plus we can conclude these deals inside 50 million with 30million in the bank or else we can buy another young player in may be costa or kerlon or pastore and still have enough cash left.
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16/06/2009 11:03:00

We should keep a close eye on the madrid players that r to be sold.Quite a few of them have some serious talent in van der vaart,sneijder,huntelaar and diarra(not lassana diarra) if hargo cannot prove his fitness.We could get some of them for a cut down price,since they require cash urgently to buy villa or risk losing him to barca.
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16/06/2009 11:11:00

Ribery to United? Sorry, I dont think that's possible. He does not like the weather here.
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16/06/2009 12:31:00

I'm not his biggest fan to be honest, at 26/27 he is peaking as we speakk and I'm not sure if he could adapt to the premier league and maintain his current form. I'd much rather go or ashley young - english, puts in LOADS of crosses and should be cheaper! Young, Valencia, De Rossi and a top striker (Eto'o, Benzema, Vucinic, Fabiano - let fergie decide) and we'll be laughing next season!
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16/06/2009 13:14:00

Young and Valencia would be brilliant. There's a certain rumour about Torres going around.... it's not gonna happen i know, but just imagine: Rooney and Torres? Some strike force...
Man utd champions
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16/06/2009 16:01:00

he is worth 30m max
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16/06/2009 17:33:00

we need Douglas Costa - he is fantastic Valencia, David Silva and Benzema should be signed up.. Also did you hear about Fergie's age policy? He won't buy Ribery, that's certain..
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17/06/2009 05:03:00

What the Gaurdian has to say about age limit is interesting - but is it true? Anyone?
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17/06/2009 08:21:00

The news papers will try to sell all kinds of stories to us but the truth is something only Sir Alex knows and he might even give us an insight on this matter when the time is right.
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17/06/2009 12:34:00

perhaps thay meant that Ferguson won't buy an established star over 26 for huge amount of money(over 35 mil, for example)... I don't believe that Sir Alex won't be tempted to sign up a pure class(over 26) footballer for decent money...
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17/06/2009 13:09:00

Exactly, the rags dont have a effing idea. So they have to invent stories to sell papers. The more ridiculous the story, the more papers that sell.
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18/06/2009 19:07:00

Was Kleberson (world cup winner), Forlan (who at the time set south america a light) not established players when they signed for united
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20/06/2009 13:23:00


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