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Bayern braced for 'crazy' Franck Ribery offer as Manchester United battle Real, Barca and Chelsea fo

12 Jun 2009 11:45:05

Bayern braced for 'crazy' Franck Ribery offer as Manchester United battle Real, Barca and Chelsea fo

Bayern Munich admit Franck Ribery could leave this summer - but only if there is a 'crazy' bid for the France star. Tug of war: Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery is wanted by some of Europe's top clubs The 26-year-old is the most coveted player in Europe, with Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Barcelona all trying to land the attacking midfielder. Reports in respected French newspaper L'Equipe yesterday claimed he would only move to Madrid if he leaves Bayern this summer, but United are determined to land him after accepting an £80million offer from Real for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Bundesliga club have softened their stance on their determination to keep Ribery, with president Franz Beckenbauer recently suggesting they should tie him to a new contract or let him leave. And Uli Hoeness, the Bundesliga club's general manager, admits their star player is not unobtainable. 'We would only talk on very strict conditions,' Hoeness told Munich newspaper Tz. 'And that would be if they were prepared to do crazy things.' Reports in Spain have previously suggested Ribery had his heart set on Barcelona, but Real Madrid's new president Florentino Perez has apparently changed his mind after getting Bernabeu special adviser Zinedine Zidane to work on the deal. Welcome to Johannesburg: New Real Madrid signing Kaka arrives in South Africa to play for Brazil in the Confederations Cup Barcelona's budget is said to be capped at £34m, but they are clinging to the hope that Madrid have cooled their interest following the £56m signing of Kaka and £80m bid for Ronaldo. However, both Spanish sides will face determined competition from United and Chelsea. Hoeness recently claimed that not even one of Ribery's legs could be bought for 50m euros (£43m), but the consensus in Germany is that a bid in the region of £65m could prove to be tempting enough. Having already spent close to that amount on new players this summer, the Bundesliga outfit may welcome the opportunity to recoup their expenditure in one deal - particularly since Ribery has made it clear he fancies a move abroad.  EXCLUSIVE: £100m to burn - Fergie delight at Ronaldo sale as United chase Ribery and BenzemaNani tells Manchester United 'trust in me' after Ronaldo's record-breaking Real dealChelsea close in on Zhirkov deal after a quiet word from Chelsea's AbramovichMANCHESTER UNITED FC


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