Paul Pogba headlines our Rumour Mill as Man United midfielder is linked with swap deal move

David Cooper 15/03/2018
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Disappointing against Sevilla: Paul Pogba.

Though the winter transfer window just passed and the summer window is still months down the road, that hasn’t stopped the chatter of players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

PAUL POGBA

The Red Devils could allow their record signing to leave Old Trafford this summer and replace him with Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti in a sensational swap deal.

According to the Independent, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is happy to allow the £89 million (Dh456m) man to leave the club given their relationship has become strained.

The Frenchman’s performances have been heavily scrutinised this season and his 30-minute showing from the substitutes bench in the midweek defeat against Sevilla has only served to add to the criticism.

Verratti, a long-term target of Real Madrid, is set for talks over his PSG future in the close season – with the 25-year-old Italian being one man who could move on from the Parc des Princes especially if Unai Emery is ousted as boss.

For Pogba, the central midfield man wants to stay and fight for his place but his long-term future is up in the air.

Paul Pogba missed the game after getting injured in training on Friday.

Paul Pogba has endured a miserable start to 2018.

BENJAMIN PAVARD

The Liverpool and Tottenham target will not be leaving Bundesliga side Stuttgart this summer, Bild reports.

Both Premier League clubs have been chasing the talented 21-year-old defender, who is set to feature for France at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Pavard has featured regularly this term, making 28 appearances in all competitions and is valued at around £25m (Dh128m).

However, Stuttgart’s sporting executive Michael Reschke has stated that he won’t be leaving the club anytime soon.

STUTTGART, GERMANY - DECEMBER 16: Benjamin Pavard of Stuttgart is injury on his nose and bleeds during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and FC Bayern Muenchen at Mercedes-Benz Arena on December 16, 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Pavard has been a towering presence at the back this term.

PHIL JONES

Everton will try and sign the Manchester United defender this summer, according to The Times.

Toffees boss Sam Allardyce is keen on the 26-year-old versatile centre-back, who has not played much recently.

Jones is still contracted to the Old Trafford club until the end of next season while the Blues may only move for the former Blackburn star if Allardyce remains at the helm beyond this campaign.

With veteran skipper Phil Jagielka coming towards the back-end of his career at 35, Jones could be a long-term partner for Michael Keane.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Phil Jones of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on February 11, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Linked with Goodison: Phil Jones.

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Blaise Matuidi headlines our Rumour Mill as Man United reignite interest in Juventus midfielder

David Cooper 14/03/2018
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Though the winter transfer window just passed and the summer window is still months down the road, that hasn’t stopped the chatter of players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

BLAISE MATUIDI

Manchester Untied have reignited their interest in the Juventus midfielder, the Daily Mirror reports.

Jose Mourinho previously tried to sign the France international during his time with Paris-Saint-Germain but the move never materialised.

With Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera struggling for form of late, the Red Devils believe Matuidi will be the answer to their midfield problems as they attempt to improve on what has been a mixed season at Old Trafford.

The Serie A champions are expected to fight hard to keep the 30-year-old who has developed into a key figure at the Allianz Stadium.

MAYCON

Arsenal have reportedly held talks with Corinthians over a move for their highly-rated midfielder.

The Gunners were linked with Maycon in 2016 shortly after he had made his debut for the Brazilian side but no move ever materialised.

The 20-year-old has remained at the Corinthians Arena to further his development but is yet to be capped by the national side.

But it appears the North London outfit are ready to re-ignite their interest in the playmaker.

According to Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte, Maycon is keen on a move to the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season.

LUKASZ PISZCZEK

The in-form Borussia Dortmund defender has brushed aside interest from Chelsea and AC Milan by committing himself to the Bundesliga club until 2020.

According to Bild, the 32-year-old added a further 12 months to his previous deal at Westfalenstadion, which he agreed last April.

The Polish international joined Dortmund from Hertha Berlin in 2010 and has made close to 300 appearances in all competitions.

He is one of the remaining stalwarts of the side that clinched back-to-back Bundesliga titles under Jurgen Klopp in 2011 and 2012.

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Timo Werner headlines our Rumour Mill as Liverpoool weigh up move for Red Bull Leipzig star

niall 14/03/2018
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Though the winter transfer window just passed and the summer window is still months down the road, that hasn’t stopped the chatter of players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

TIMO WERNER

Liverpool are considering a summer swoop for the promising Red Bull Leipzig attacker, the Independent claims.

The move could potentially be part of a double swoop of the German side, with the 22-year-old attacker joining midfielder Naby Keita at Anfield.

Whether Werner would reject Liverpool in favour of holding out for his ‘dream move’ to Manchester United remains to be seen too.

The German has been a talismanic figure at the Red Bull Leipzig Arena, scoring 37 goals in 66 appearances in all competitions since joining from Stuttgart in 2016.

JOHANN BERG GUDMUNDSSON

Leicester, Newcastle and Southampton have sparked a three-way scrap to sign the outstanding Burnley forward reported to be worth £20m (Dh102m), The Sun reports.

The 27-year-old has played every game since October and has been an influential figure in helping Sean Dyche’s side into the Premier League top-seven.

Toon boss Rafa Benitez is believed to be a huge fan of the Iceland international, while Leicester are seeking a replacement for wantaway Riyad Mahrez.

The former Charlton star has one year left on his contract at Turf Moor with his value likely to increase at the World Cup.

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