Sir Alex Ferguson has stepped up his efforts to recruit a long term replacement for Edwin van der Sar by bidding £15 million to land Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The Manchester United manager will have the 23 year old assessed when his club play Bordeaux on Saturday after identifying the young France World Cup keeper as one of the best in Europe.
Manchester United face Bayern Munich, who have lost just twice in this year’s Bundesliga, a fixture Sir Alex Ferguson called very tough. United are second favourites after being handed a repeat of their famous “football, bloody hell” final of 1999, when they scored twice in the dying moments to pinch the trophy from Bayern. The German side won the tournament two years later however beating Valencia on penalties after defeating United in the last eight.
According to Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud Manchester United are close to signing their young star Gabriel Obertan. After missing out on Lyon youngster Karim Benzema, United now look likely to capture another young French star.