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Monday, August 3, 1998 Published at 18:28 GMT 19:28 UK

Sport: Football

Kluivert turns down Manchester United

Kluivert scores during France 98

Dutch international Patrick Kluivert has rejected a move to Old Trafford and will stay with AC Milan, the Italian club said on Monday.

The star agreed a "modest" pay increase with the Italians after being on the verge of a move.

AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani had accepted Manchester United's £9m offer for the 22-year-old striker.

The player stalled over the move, saying he would have preferred to go to a London club.

Kluivert was reportedly demanding a £500,000 signing-on fee and £40,000 per week, which proved to be a stumbling block in a move to Arsenal.

The latest rejection from a top class international striker is a major blow to Alex Ferguson in his quest for European glory.

United were hoping to sign him in time for Sunday's Charity Shield clash with Arsenal.

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