the Premier League champions will wait two weeks before weighing in so that a clause in Ribery’s Bayern Munich contract is active.

The French winger is due a loyalty bonus on August 14, after which he is expected to request a transfer.

Bayern have fended off interest from Real Madrid whose arrogance and lack of respect infuriated the German giants.


But Ribery has indicated he would be willing to move to Old Trafford and wants to quit Germany.

United believe Ribery, 26, is prepared to force the issue but would not do so until any financial issues have been sorted.

Bayern are understood to be more willing to negotiate with United but are likely to demand nearer £50m.

United boss Alex Ferguson sees Ribery as Cristiano Ronaldo’s replacement.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti also revealed his admiration for the Frenchman.

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