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Real: 'We Won't Be Held Ransom' over Van Nistelrooy

Conflicting reports abound over the future of Manchester United's Ruud Van Nistelrooy. One thing is clear: Real Madrid has not matched United's asking price of between $27 and $29 million. News reports have pegged the Spanish club's offer at between $15 million-$22 million. Real Madrid vice president Juan Mendoza insists the club will not overpay for the Netherlands and Manchester United striker. "We are not going to drive ourselves crazy trying to meet valuations which don't bear any relation to the market," a frustrated Mendoza said. "We're about to reach the point where we break off all negotiations even though the player clearly wants to play for us." While management continues to fight over the striker's transfer fee, new coach Fabio Capello affirmed, "There is no question that I want Van Nistelrooy." But he does not appear to be top of club's shopping list. Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas and Chelsea's Arjen Robben are the top priorities set by incumbent Real president Ramon Calderon. Meanwhile, other clubs have expressed interest in signing Van Nistelrooyand paying more. Bayern Munich has reportedly lodged in a bid for $27 million.

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