Manchester United are set to make a shock bid for French international skipper Franck Ribery, according to reports.
Ribery was set to go to Manchester United in 2009 for a record transfer fee of €70 million, but the deal fell through, according to The Guardian.
With Ribery’s French international teammate Patrice Evra also at Manchester United, The French skipper has often been linked to Old Trafford. Though according to Caught Offside, interest has been renewed in the Bayern Munich winger for a purchase this summer.
A high price tag on Ribery will no doubt be doable for Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, with Ferguson reportedly given the green light to spend in excess of £100 million this summer buying in new players.
While Manchester United’s last offer was turned down by Ribery so he could stay with Bayer Munich two years ago, after winning the title last year the German giants have been very disappointing this season. Bayer are currently fourth on the Bundesliga table, and are only four points safe of Champions League qualification.
Should they not qualify, Ribery will no doubt be looking for a side which will fulfill a desire to play in Europe. And while Chelsea and Real Madrid have been linked to the superstar, Ferguson reportedly sees Ribery as perfect to build on Manchester United’s midfield, particularly with his ability to play on the left or right side.