Interesting developments in the race for the Frenchman.
Franck Ribery has put Chelsea and Manchester United on full alert after signalling that he is ready to force a departure from Bayern Munich.
The France forward is also attracting interest from Inter Milan, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Interest in Ribery cooled earlier in the summer after Chelsea and United were informed that the asking price was £60 million, almost double the British transfer record, but the West London club, in particular, have continued to explore the situation.
United will consider bidding for Ribery if the price comes down — they also retain a watching interest in David Silva, the Valencia and Spain midfield player.
Ribery was thought to have set his heart on joining Real, but he is now said to be so desperate to leave Bayern that he will consider an immediate move. He antagonised the German club further on Wednesday night by playing for France against the Faeroe Isles, despite not being passed fit by the club’s medical staff. (The Times)
So it appears that Ribery may well force the issue with his German employers who have up to now steadfastly ignored approaches for the French international. Now that Real Madrid have seemingly spent themselves to death the likes of Man United and Chelsea may well be leading the chase for the talented attacker and Sir Alex may have reason to think his team is most likely to tempt the former Marseille man.
Ferguson should have the funds to put in a serious bid for the 26 year old and being the reigning champions and last season’s Champions League runners up would surely present Franck with enough reasons to want to move to Old Trafford over Stamford Bridge but then perhaps the draw of London may be a factor.
He could also add that extra spark of creativity and goal power that could make up for the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo, the question is, how much would the United boss be willing to shell out?