Ajax sensation Matthijs de Ligt has reportedly rejected a move to Barcelona, despite the two clubs reaching an agreement for a transfer worth €75 million.
The Spanish giants were said to be the front-runners in what is turning out to be one of the most interesting transfer sagas of the window.
But if reports from Cadena Ser are to be believed, the Dutch defender has decided against joining the Catalan club. It is believed that De Ligt’s agent, Mino Raiola played a crucial role in making this happen.
Barcelona president Jose Bartomeu travelled to Amsterdam to finish the deal, like he did during Barcelona’s capture of Frenkie de Jong a few months ago. But this time, the Spaniard was unsuccessful in his attempt.
As things stand French side Paris Saint-Germain are said to be the favourites to acquire the services of the highly sought-after 19-year-old. PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus have made lucrative offers but the player has maintained that playing time is a priority.
Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici says the club “love” Paul Pogba amid speculation linking the Manchester United midfielder with a return to Turin.
There has been intense speculation about the 26-year-old’s Old Trafford happiness and last weekend he admitted he was considering “a new challenge somewhere else”.
Real Madrid have a long-standing interest in Pogba and Juventus are interested in bringing back the France midfielder, three years after selling him to United for a then world-record fee of £89million.
Juventus sporting director Paratici was asked about Pogba, who won four Serie A titles with the club between 2012 and 2016, and Paris St Germain’s Adrien Rabiot, as new manager Maurizio Sarri was unveiled on Thursday.
“They are very good players,” he said.
“Pogba plays Manchester United, we love him a lot of course because he played here for several years.
“He grew here a lot, and became world champion, so he certainly gave us a lot but he is a player of Manchester United.”
Press Association Sport understands that United still expect Pogba to be at the club next season, with a massive offer required for that stance to waver.
Romelu Lukaku’s future is also up in the air, with the striker being linked with a move to Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan, while questions remain over the future of the likes of Alexis Sanchez and David De Gea.
I’m very proud to join the biggest football club in the world. This is a new and exciting chapter in my life and I can’t wait to get started. Thank you to everyone who has shown faith in me. Hard work starts now! 🔴⚪⚫ @ManUtd #MUFC pic.twitter.com/SRHdNpvLLI— Daniel James (@Daniel_James_97) June 12, 2019
Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia are leaving the club this summer on free transfers, but Juan Mata signed a two-year deal, with the option of another, on Wednesday.
Swansea’s Daniel James is the only summer acquisition so far but Press Association Sport understands work is afoot to bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad before pre-season gets under way on July 1.
United are pushing to sign Crystal Palace and England Under-21s right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while Leicester’s Harry Maguire is of interest as they attempt to improve at centre-back.
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Real Madrid are in the market for a central midfielder and have been linked heavily with moves for Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen.
Los Blancos have already spent upwards of £270 million this summer with the acquisitions of Eden Hazard, Rodrygo, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao and Luka Jovic.
Zinedine Zidane is a known admirer of Pogba while Eriksen has been a long term target for Madrid.
However, as far as the fans are concerned, the Manchester United man appears to be the more popular option.
Our poll on Instagram asked fans which midfielder Madrid should sign and the Frenchman received 57 per cent of the 8,118 votes that were cast.
Pogba has two years left on his contract though with United holding an option for another year so he won’t come cheaply. Meanwhile, Juventus are also keen to re-sign the 26-year-old.