No offers for van Buyten
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
DANIEL VAN BUYTEN'S agent Christophe Henrotay is unaware of reports linking Manchester United with a move for the Marseille ace.
Reports in France claimed that United had made an official offer for the imposing central defender as Sir Alex Ferguson looks for a defensive partner for Rio Ferdinand, but Henrotay has played down the suggestions.
Henrotay admitted that United have been interested in the Belgian international in the past and that the player would be keen on a switch to Old Trafford, but that Marseille are keen to keep him at the Stade Velodrome.
"I haven't heard anything about an offer from Manchester United," Henrotay told Planetfootball.com.
"At the minute I don't think there has been much interest in Daniel and there has not been any offers for him.
"Manchester United have been interested in Daniel before and we know that Alex Ferguson has watched him, but there is nothing concrete in their interest.
"Daniel is happy to stay at Marseille, but it would be very difficult to refuse such a club as Manchester United.
"Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in Europe and Daniel was happy to be linked with them.
Henrotay also revealed that Marseille are determined to keep hold of their star defender as they prepare for the Champions League next season and that it will take a bid of around é¼23 million to prise him away.
"He has a contract with Marseille for another three years and they are trying to keep him.
"(Marseille coach) Alain Perrin has admitted it will be hard to buy him as he has a é¼23 million buy-out clause in his contract and after that it will be down to the discussions between the two clubs."
Meanwhile, Ferguson has dismissed claims from Rangers defender Lorenzo Amoruso that United are interested in signing the Italian ace.
Amoruso had claimed that United along with Arsenal and Blackburn are keen on signing him, but Ferguson has moved quickly to shoot down his suggestions.
"There is no truth in the story," said Ferguson.