Date: 16th June 2009 at 10:25am
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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…