United reject Ribery talk

Image: Ribery: On the move in the summer

Manchester United have distanced themselves from a reported world record bid for Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery.

Champions keen to quell reports of world record bid

Manchester United have distanced themselves from a reported world record bid for Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery. The Guardian reported on Tuesday morning that United were putting together a £62.5million package in a bid to tempt Bayern into a sale. Ribery is expected to quit the Allianz Arena following what has been a disappointing season for the Bavarian giants, with Jurgen Klinsmann dismissed as a result of their failures both domestically and in Europe. It was initially thought Ribery's most likely destination would be Spain or Italy but United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is a known admirer of the talented Frenchman. It would appear though that claims of a pending bid, on the proviso Cristiano Ronaldo quits Old Trafford in the summer, are someway wide of the mark. The club have deemed the rumours not worthy of comment and with Ronaldo reportedly having said his 'Real Madrid dream was dead' last weekend, a move for Ribery looks increasing unlikely. United have also been linked with a summer bid for Genoa striker Diego Milito, who scored a hat-trick in the derby win over Sampdoria at the weekend.

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