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INTER MILAN are planning an audacious double swoop for Manchester United stars David Beckham and Ryan Giggs, it emerged last night.

The Italians have made no secret of their desire to sign Welsh winger Giggs, and have now revealed their intention to prise England skipper Beckham away from Old Trafford too. Inter are likely to table a bid of around pounds 20million for Giggs at the end of the season, an offer the United board would find it hard to resist for a 29-year-old.

Inter president Massimo Moratti believes Beckham is also worth pounds 20m, a valuation United would not even consider for their most high-profile and marketable player. Yet it seems increasingly likely Giggs will make the switch to Serie A if - as expected - Inter make a formal and acceptable offer.

"Take both Giggs and Beckham?" said Moratti. "It would be fantastic, but the question is what would Manchester United think?

"It is a bit too early to talk about it now, but there could be some interesting discussions between us and Manchester United very soon.

"It could happen that we could close this deal, but with English teams it is often difficult to find the right price for a player."

United chief executive Peter Kenyon said: "At the moment we are trying to concentrate on this season's targets and avoid transfer speculation."


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 26, 2003
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