Man United ask for patience from Paul Pogba and Real Madrid while they seek replacement

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

Manchester United are ready to relent and listen to Real Madrid‘s offer for Paul Pogba – after months of flat-out refusal.

That’s according to a report in Marca, which claims that United have asked for time to search for a replacement to the midfielder who won the World Cup with France last year.

Recruiting his countryman has been Zinedine Zidane’s wish right from the outset of the summer transfer window, despite reports that the Madrid board would favour a move for Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.

United, meanwhile, have been linked with moves for Sporting star Bruno Fernandes and Newcastle’s emerging talent Sean Longstaff, but with Ander Herrera having left on a free transfer to PSG and a Pogba exit seemingly imminent, more than two reinforcements may be required.

Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one possible replacement, though the club will likely balk over a price tag 120 million – especially as they are holding out for 150m for Pogba.

Pogba, who found some of his best form when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was initially appointed in December before badly tailing off at the end of the season, has flown to Australia to be part of United’s pre-season tour.

Most popular

Steven Gerrard on shortlist to replace Rafael Benitez at Newcastle

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

Newcastle have reportedly looked north in their search for Rafael Benitez’s successor, with the Daily Mirror reporting Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been approached by Magpies owner Mike Ashley.

United have been looking for leadership since Benitez’s contract expired and the Spaniard signed with Chinese club Dalian Yifang.

But former Liverpool captain Gerrard has apparently rebuffed Ashley’s offer, after only managing the Glaswegian side for 12 months.

The Times reports Manchester United star Paul Pogba is being targeted by Juventus.

Calls have grown consistently louder that the Frenchman is unhappy at Old Trafford, with the Italian side seemingly a natural fit as the 26-year-old played for them previously.

The Serie A giants are said to be preparing a £120m bid to secure the World Cup-winning midfielder’s services.

Tottenham are reportedly on the cusp of signing Welsh international Ben Davies on a new long-term contract.

The 26-year-old came to Spurs from Swansea in 2014 and had two years remaining on his current deal, but the Telegraph says the club are moving to lock in the left-back for the long term.

Tyrone Mings has agreed to a £26.5m deal to leave Bournemouth for Aston Villa, the Daily Mail reports.

The 26-year-old centre-back spent last season on loan to Villa, helping them achieve promotion to the Premier League.

The defender’s fee will see the Birmingham side break their transfer record for the second time this summer, after they previously paid £22m for Brazil’s Wesley.

Dutch left-back Erik Pieters could be leaving Stoke for Burnley, according to the Daily Mail.

Pieters spent five Premier League seasons with the Potters before being loaned to Ligue 1’s Amiens for his most recent campaign.

It is hoped the 30-year-old will add some steel to Burnley’s defence, which leaked 68 goals last season.

Provided by Press Association Sport 

Most popular

Transfer predictor: Matthijs de Ligt to Man United scores a 4, Lucas Vazquez to Arsenal gets a 6

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

Struggling to pick out the facts from the figures? Reality from the rubbish? Sense from the silly season? We’ve got you sorted in our daily dose of the Transfer Predictor, where we round up the latest rumours with an analytical spin.

We sort through the most eye-catching transfer reports of the past 24 hours and give a balanced judgment on whether the move really will happen – and why.

Today’s edition features potential signings for West Ham, Manchester United and Arsenal.

MAXI GOMEZ

Maxi Gomez

Maxi Gomez

Celta Vigo -> £45 million -> West Ham

​West Ham have emerged as frontrunners to sign Celta Vigo hitman Maxi Gomez, according to Superdeporto.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

With West Ham frontman Marko Arnautovic closing in on a switch to China, the Hammers are in desperate need of reinforcements up front ahead of the new campaign. Lopez starred for Celta last season, scoring 13 goals and providing five assists, and would be an ideal addition to Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Valencia are believed to be interested in the 22-year-old, with Valencia forward Santi Mina set to move in the opposite direction as part of the deal. If Arnautovic opts to stay in London, then Lopez will not move to the England capital to be second-choice striker.

TRANSFER RATING: 5/10

MATTHIJS DE LIGT

Matthijs de Ligt

Ajax -> Undisclosed -> Manchester United

Man United have received a boost in their hopes of signing Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

The Premier League club is a contender only by elimination of more likely destinations like Juventus or Barcelona. That said, bewildering transfers are part of football and a bumper offer from the Red Devils could sway De Ligt’s decision making if an agreement from Ajax is confirmed.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

After signing Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey on free transfers, one can expect Juventus to prepare an improved offer to the Ajax camp. It appears that the latest developments are more of a roadblock than a dead end. Juventus are still favourites to land the Dutchman.

TRANSFER RATING: 4/10

Lucas Vazquez

Lucas Vasquez

Lucas Vazquez

Real Madrid -> 35 million -> Arsenal

Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez could be on his way to Arsenal, according to AS.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

The 28-year-old has failed to hold down a regular starting place in the Spanish capital, and with the arrivals of Luka Jovic and Rodrygo he is likely to find his playing time restricted next term. A move to Arsenal could be the best option for Vazquez as he seeks regular minutes and a new challenge.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

The Spaniard has proven to be a great utility player and may opt to stay to fight for his starting place at the Bernabeu.

TRANSFER RATING: 6/10

Most popular